EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/16/2008

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BALTIC LEAGUE

VEF Riga advances to the Play-off after an overtime thriller -by Eurobasket News
Valmiera-VEF Riga 72 : 75( 11-20, 18-17, 22-18, 14-12 ) Overtime: 7-8

VEF Riga creates a small miracle and advanced to the Playoffs. The team that started in Challenge Cup and finished their on the second position took the ticket from Valmiera, a team with a name in Europe. After four quarters teams had plus 2 for VEF Riga, the opposite of what they had in the first game and the spectators saw another short period, called overtime. VEF Riga won 7:8 that made total 72:75. Evgeni Kolesnikov (194-G-85) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) nailed 17, while Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) had 13. Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87, agency: Interperformances) finished the night with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Valmiera.
Olivero made 4:1 for the home team after a lay-up, but then with the help of Evgeni Kolesnikov and Ronalds Zakis VEF Riga closed the opening quarter at 11:20. Valmiera improved its defense early in the second quarter and started to catch up with the guests. Agnis Cavars (196-F-86) fixed the halftime score at 29:37. With 44:55 Valmiera had nothing to lose and used all their power. It helped them to produce 6-0 run to stay within 51:55 before the fourth, not the last quarter. Vladimir Stimac gave the hosts 61:60 with 5 minutes to play and in the end it was Maksim Sheleketo who scored 3 times from the free throw line for 65:67, overtime. Evgeni Kolesnikov gave his team 72:75 while Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: FCM) missed a desperation jump shot at the buzzer.

Valmiera:Vladimir Stimac 18+9 rebs, Agnis Cavars 12, Ingus Bankevics 10
VEF Riga:Evgeni Kolesnikov 21+11 rebs, Ronalds Zakis 17, Maksim Sheleketo 13


Vilnius, 11,000 spectators, Lietuvos Rytas -Zalgiris 91:79 -by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas -Zalgiris 91:79( 26-19, 13-23, 31-23, 21-14 )

Oh, well, the game between two Lithuanian titans always bring intrigue, passion, great game etc. But when you play in a crowded Siemens Arena, it is more than what was listed. Lietuvos Rytas overcame Zalgiris 91:79 with the help of 11,000 spectators in Vilnius. A confident second half was decisive in the game and let Rytas improved to 16-1. Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) and Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) led the winners with 19 points. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) supported them with 13 and Jared Jordan (188-G-84, college: Marist) scored 11. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points in the losing effort.

In the first game of these teams of BBL this season Zalgiris beat Lietuvos 80:72. the game was played on 17th November and it is the only defeat for Rytas in the season. Jonas Maciulis opened the game for the guests and kept them in front in the opening tip. After 12:16 Lietuvos Rytas mounted in 10-0 run to close the quarter at 26:19. Martynas Gecevicius buried a stop-and-pop jumper in transition right to start of the second quarter, but then it was Zalgiris to take the control of the game. Rytas could not find the way to the basket and allowed the guests to tie at 39. Moreover Jonas Maciulis ended up the half from the arc for 39:42.
Jurak gave the guests 44:49 and then the game has chanced again. An 11-0 run saw the hosts improved to 55:49 in the end of the third. Zalgiris's defense could not figure out whom among Rytas's scorers to try to stop.Lietuvos kept rolling anyway and had 70:65 after 30 minutes. The hosts speed up the tempo early in the fourth quarter and never looked behind. Price with a three set up the final, 91:79 score.

Lietuvos Rytas:Chuck Eidson 19, Martynas Gecevicius 19, Kenan Bajramovic 13, Jared Jordan 11
Zalgiris:DeJuan Collins 14, Jonas Maciulis 14


Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Group 1
1. Lietuvos 16-1
2. Zalgiris 15-3
3. ASK Riga 12-5
4. Barons/LMT 11-7
5. Siauliai 10-8
6. BK Ventsp. 8-9
7. BC Kalev 6-11
8. TU/Rock 5-13
9. Valmiera 3-15
10. Neptunas 2-16
Group 2
1. Nevezis 15-5
2. VEF Riga 15-5
3. Liep.Lauvas 13-7
4. Panevezys 12-8
5. Suduva 12-8
6. Atletas 12-8
7. Sakalai 9-11
8. Alita 8-12
9. Dalkia/Nybit 8-12
10. Tar.Fausto 4-16
11. Bum./ASK 2-18


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BELGIUM

Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
1. Oostende 18-7
2. Bree 18-6
3. Charleroi 17-8
4. M.Hainaut 17-8
5. Liege 16-8
6. Verviers-Pep. 11-14
7. Aalstar 10-15
8. Antwerp 9-16
9. Leuven 5-20
10. Gent 3-21


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BOSNIA

Armend Kahrimanovic rejects Bosna offer -by Sead Buljina
Following a short try-out Bosna ASA BH Telecom offered Armend Kahrimanovic (198-G/F-80) a contract throught the end of the season. However, the player rejected the offer. 'Bosna offered only 2,000 euros per month. Also, they did not offer me a vehicle for transportation, which was an additional reason why I decided not to accept the offer,' said Kahrimanovic who has played successfully in Iraklis (Greece), Idaho (NCAA1), Apollon (Cyprus) and was a member of Bosnian NT in 2005. When negotiations with Armend Kahrimanovic failed, Bosna decided to sign Vladimir Panic who came from Slovenia.

Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
1. Bosna S. 19-2
2. Sloboda Dita 17-5
3. Igokea 13-7
4. Grude 13-8
5. Slavija 11-9
6. Borac Nektar 11-10
7. Zrinjski MC 10-11
8. Posusje 10-12
9. Zenica Celik 9-12
10. Hercegovac 8-13
11. Capljina 7-14
12. Leotar 6-15
13. Vogosca 2-18
Will join on later stage:
1. Siroki -


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COSTA RICA

Liceo triumphs over Jaguares -by Gianni Pascucci
Defeating 106-84 in Game 2 of the series, Coopenae Liceo de Costa Rica completed the sweep, 2-0 over the Nicaraguan team in the third series of Liga Centroamericana 'Group A'. The night before, Liceo had won Game 1 73-54. Thanks to these wins, Liceo hopes to conquer the second place in the group that allows the team to advance to the Final 4 of the competition. The new import of Liceo, Patrick Culver (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M), was the main scorer with 34 points in Game 2, while Jason Walters (196-G-71, college: Mt.Senario) led Jaguares in losing effort with 24 points. Game 1 was dominated by the other new import of Liceo, Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.), who poured in 34 popints he too, while Ben McCain (206-C-83, college: Houston Baptist) was the best in Jaguares with 16 points.

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CUBA

Capitalinos 1-0 in the Finals "El Chino" Lavastida MVP. -by Alessandro Fontana
LSB Finals in Cuba!
Capitalinos won the first game against Ciego de Avila 83-80. It was an exciting game, one of the hardest and most beautiful game of the whole Cuban Season. The teams played hard, with the heart and with an incredible intensity in defense. MVP of the game was 'El Chino' Raicel Lavastida (191-G-81). He played a 'partidazo' with 29 pts (7/9 2pts, 2/7 3pts, 9/16 FT) and 7 steals in 33 minutes. To mention also the game of Orestes Torres (203-C-87) who played hard in defense and He could also score 14 pts. For Ciego de Avila, as always a huge 'El Gato' Geoffrey Silvestre, for 'The Cat' 30 pts (9/21 2pts, 1/2 3pts, 9/11 3pts)+ 10 rebs.
The second game had to be played yesterday but some Capitalinos players (as Raicel Lavastida and Torres) had some physical problems (as diarrhea) and They could not play, so the Cuban Basketball Federation decided to postpone the game for next week.
CIEGO DE AVILA-CAPITALINOS= 80-83
C= Silvestre 30, Perez 17, Reyes 12, Guerra 10, Granda 5, Luis 3, Vera 3, Garcia 0, Rodriguez 0, Jova ndp, Granado ndp
CA= Raicel Lavastida 29, Torres 14, Leguen 13, Lima 12, Garcia 10, Valdes 4, Oliva 1, Perez 0, Ramirez ndp, Panfet ndp,
Matanzas won against Guantanamo 87-82 in the first game for the '3rd-4th Place Final'.
A. Fontana


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CZECH REP.

Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
1. Nymburk 34-1
2. Geofin 27-8
3. Prostejov 26-9
4. Pardubice 21-13
5. Decin 20-15
6. Ostrava 17-18
7. A Plus B. 16-19
8. Sadska 14-20
9. USK Praha 12-23
10. Liberec 11-24
11. Kolin 8-27
12. Usti n/Labem 3-32


CEZ Basket Nymburk reaches 33-1 record -by Eurobasket News
CEZ Basket Nymburk is now 33-1 in the standings thanks to a 69:80 victory over BK Decin. The defending champions started strongly, and leapt out to an early lead. They were glad to have 10:22 advantage after the opening quarter. BK Decin was the team to control the second and the third quarters. When they closed the gap to 32:36 at the half, Nymburk did not take it too seriously, but then BK Decin closed the third quarter at 54:52. In the final period the home side tried hard, but leader is the leader. Nymburk pushed the tempo and grabbed the 33th lead. BK Decin tried to close the gap, but the Eagles held on for the victory. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) paced the winners with 20 points. Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts) nailed 15 and Lee had 14. Thomas produced 18 points in the losing effort.
BK Prostějov lost the second position after a loss from Ostrava 80:91. Even with 29:24 win after the opening quarter, Prostějov could not keep the score. Marek Stuchly (196-F-75) was unstoppable providing 36 points for the winning side. Rashaan Ames (184-G-77, college: Shaw) scored 17 points for BK Prostějov that is 26-9 now.
Geofin is second alone after a 107:78 over BK Ústi. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) top-scored with 21 points for the hosts.


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DENMARK

The Bakken Bears win the regular season -by Eurobasket News
The Bakken Bears triumphed in the regular season of Danish league. As it was mentioned earlier Bakken Bears lost the last game of the season but did not get upset with it. BK Amager celebrated 100:91 win over Bakken Bears to bring the guests the third loss in the league. BK Amager started offensively and went on a 32:22 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. Bakken Bears used the experience to reduce the gap and trailed 4 points at the half. Another 26:28 in the third period brought interest for the final stanza. BK Amager looked very good in the encounter and deserved 24:17 margin in the last period to celebrate 100:91 victory. Matt Cooper (201-F-85, college: Le Moyne) led the winners with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Kristian Jakobsen (190-G/F-79) and Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) followed him with 19 as the latter managed to grab 14 rebounds. Jason Siggers (193-G/F-85, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Albany) top-scored for the losing side with 29 points. Amager BK finished the regular season on the third position after the winner of the Cup, Svendborg.
The Quarterfinals of the Play-offs have already started and two winners will join Bakken Bears and Svendborg in the semis. BK Amager is 1-1 against Horsens IC after 86:85 at home and then 105:99 on a road. Randers Cimbria and Horsholm 79ers will also need a decisive game after 81:72 for Randers and 73:67 for Horsholm 79ers.

Quarterfinals
10-03-08 BK Amager- Horsens IC 86-85
13-03-08 Horsens IC- BK Amager 105-99

10-03-08 Randers Cimbria -Hřrsholm 79ers 81-72
13-03-08 Hřrsholm 79ers -Randers Cimbria 73-67


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Thomas NAES 24.5
2 Siggers BAK 24.5
3 Ross HOR 22.3
4 Colas Randers 22.1
5 Howell SVE 21.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Miskovic Horsens 13.1
2 Colas Randers 11.7
3 Jonansen Amager 9.2
4 Hamilton Sisu 8.7
5 Hoger Sven 8.7
Assists Per Game
1 Dordevic NAES 5.8
2 Howell Sven 4.8
3 Zazai Horsens 4.5
4 Nielsen HOR 4.2
5 Dennis NAES 4.0


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D-LEAGUE

Last Night's Results -by Surujh Roopnarine
Rio Grande Valley Vipers (117) at Tulsa 66ers (123) - OT
VIPERS: Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, college: USC) (44p+6as+7to), Quannas White (15p+6as+5to), Ivan Johnson (14p+12rb), Kris Collins (14p+8as)
66ERS: Adam Harrington (6'5''-G-80, college: Auburn) (36p+5rb+7as), Chris Ellis (20p+10rb), Jason Fontenet (19p+6as), Ronald Dupree (16p+7rb+5as+6to)

Los Angeles D-Fenders (99) at Colorado 14ers (96)
D-FENDERS: Sean Banks (6'8''-F-85, college: Memphis) (20p+7as), Jelani McCoy (19p+5rb+6as), Errick Craven (13p+10rb), Stephane Lasme (14p+9rb)
14ERS: Eddie Gill (6'0''-G-78, college: Weber St.) (27p+8rb+7as+6to), Roderick Riley (15p+12rb), Eric Osmundson (18p+6as), Justin Cage (14p+5rb)

Austin Toros (108) at Albuquerque Thunderbirds (127)
TOROS: Justin Bowen (6'7''-F-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) (27p+15rb), Marcus Williams (25p+7rb), Andre Barrett (24p), Anthony Fuqua (12p)
T-BIRDS: Alando Tucker (6'6''-F-84, college: Wisconsin) (26p), Kevin Pittsnogle (22p+8rb), Will Conroy (16p+5rb+14as), Julius Hodge (18p+5rb+5as)


D-League Transactions -by Surujh Roopnarine
Clippers Sign Former D-Leaguer William ‘Smush' Parker
Smush Parker (6'4''-G-81, college: Fordham), a member of the Florida Flame during the 2004-05 season has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. The 04-05 season was when Parker had his first taste of NBA life, receiving call-ups from Detroit and Phoenix. With the Flame, Parker averaged 19.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 9.1apg, 3.0spg in 23 contests. The former Fordham product has played in 255 career NBA games and has career averages of 9.2 points, 2.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Milwaukee Bucks Release David Noel (6'6''-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina)
Former North Carolina Tar Heel David Noel has been released by the Milwaukee Bucks. Currently on assignment with the Tulsa 66ers, Noel has appeared in 17 games (14 starts) for the 66ers this season and averaged 20.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The second year swingman has not played in any games for the Bucks this season, and appeared in 68 games a s a rookie last year, averaging 2.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists.

NBA--> D-League Player Assignments
The Seattle Supersonics have recalled Mouhamed Saer Sene (7'0''-C-86) from the Idaho Stampede. In 27 games for Idaho, Sene averaged 12.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Sene has had limited production in nine games for Seattle this season.

Rookie swingman Alando Tucker (6'6''-F-84, college: Wisconsin) has been re-assigned to the Albuquerque Thunderbirds by the Phoenix Suns. This is Tucker's third assignment to the D-League, having appeared in 11 total games with Albuquerque this season, averaging 26.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 39.6 minutes.

Player Movement
Austin: Re-acquired Andre Barrett (5'9''-G-82, college: Seton Hall) after his 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers expired.
Idaho: Signed veteran center Eric Chenowith (7'1''-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas). The former Kansas product was with New Orleans in training camp this season and previously played with Idaho during the 2005-06 season, when he averaged a double-double of 12 points and 12.7 rebounds
Los Angeles: Announced the veteran guard Brian Chase (5'10''-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) has left the team.


D-League Transactions -by Surujh Roopnarine


D-League Transactions -by Surujh Roopnarine


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EGYPT

Siemon Halley Left Gazco -by Eslam Mohamed
Siemon Halley the centre for gazco team left gazco after he played the first round of the egyptain league
Siemon Injured in training before Gezira game and he didn't play from that time.
Gazco is trying to sign a new player these days instead of siemon.
The new player will be playing as a gaurd after the injury of gazco point gaurd Ahmed Mahmoud.
Ahmed Mahmoud injured while playing against Zamalek in cairo stadium.


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EUROLEAGUE

Greek teams in Euroleague -by Chris Mammides
The excitement and drama of Euroleague Basketball was at the forefront in Top 16 Week 5 for the Greek teams. All three of them have chances to qualify and all three of them have chances not to qualify, with just a game to go!! Is the first time since the Euroleague started that with one week remaining the qualified teams for the Quarterfinal Play offs are only 4!! There is no doubt that the final four in Madrid will be more exciting than ever. Nobody can predict anything yet, nobody can say for sure that this team will be undoubtedly in the final four. The only remaining undefeated team was also the first to win its group and clinch home-court advantage in the playoffs is the basks of Tau Ceramica who had a quite medium first round. Tau Ceramica beaten Aris 90-74 at the Fernando Buesa Arena to remain undefeated in the Top 16 and clinch first place in Group E. Tau, which won its seventh straight home game, will have home-court advantage in the best-of-three Quarterfinal Playoffs with possible opponent (if wins in Belgrade) Panathinaikos, Aris, which dropped to 1-4 in the group, and needs a small miracle to qualify as the Martians needs a win with +31 points in their last and most crucial game in order to have the slightest hope of advancing to the next stage. Aris shot well in the first half and behind Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.), went ahead 22-29 early in the second period. However the hosts rallied to take a 43-37 halftime lead and the advantage continued to grow throughout the second half as Tau made it look easy. Tiago Splitter led Tau with 18 points, Pablo Prigioni added 16 points, 4 assists and 4 steals, Igor Rakocevic returned from injury with 11 points and Gabe Muoneke had 10 off the bench. Meanwhile Aris, which was doomed by its 21 turnovers, was led by power forward Jeremiah Massey with 26 points, while Hanno Mottola added 12.

In Group D, Panathinaikos edged Montepaschi Siena 77-76 at the end of a back-and-forth battle that put the losers in the quarterfinals and kept the winners alive. There were two winners in Athens as Panathinaikos edged Montepaschi Siena 77-76, but couldn's reach the +10 points so the visitors clinched a spot in the Quarterfinal Playoffs. The defending Euroleague champion held on to win a thriller that went down to the final second, improving to 3-2 in Group D. The game was a back-and-forth battle with the visitors coming out red-hot from downtown as they built a 12-27 lead. Panathinaikos stormed back to within 43-45 by halftime and then went ahead in the third quarter. But Montepaschi never quit down to the last seconds, when Vlado Ilievski missed from downtown and two tip-ins both were off target, allowing Panathinaikos to win. Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) led Panathinaikos with 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting. Vassilis Spanoulis added 13 points, Sarunas Jasikevicius 12 and Efstratios Perperoglou had a season-high 11. Bootsy Thornton paced Montepaschi with 19, Terrell McIntyre scored 15 and dished 5 assists, Ksistof Lavrinovic chipped in 12 and Ilievski 10.
During the 6th and most crucial week, Panathinaikos visits Partizan Igokea knowing that a win secures its participation in the next stage. Meanwhile the Italian champs also sit at 3-2, the same as Partizan, but have tiebreakers over both clubs, meaning Montepaschi as already in the quarterfinals. A win at home over Efes Pilsen next week will give head coach Simone Pianigiani's the top spot and home-court advantage in the best-of-three quarterfinals.

In Group F, Panagiotis Giannakis's Olympiacos outlasted Zalgiris 52-61 on the road to keep its own playoff hopes alive as Top 16 leading scorer Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) changed attitude with Greek Coach's arrival in Piraeus. Greer led the Reds with 14 points and 5 steals, Marc Jackson scored 11 and Ioannis Bourousis finished with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Jonas Maciulis paced the hosts with 10 points, DeJuan Collins scored 9 and dished 5 assists and Paulius Jankunas added 8 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
In Week 6, the Reds and Real Madrid will go head-to-head in Athens for Group F's other playoffs spot, while Maccabi can clinch first place with by beating Zalgiris at home.


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FINLAND

KORISLIIGA: Mihailo Pavicevic 50 yo -by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 40: Three games on Saturday night and as many home wins. Honka's (Espoo) Head Coach Mihailo Pavicevic , who is coaching in Finland (Honka)
the 8th season, had his 50th Birthday, but no birthday present from his players in the game in Kouvola. Kouvot won all four quarters and defeated Honka 82-61.
Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) led Kouvot with 21 pts. Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports, college: Vanderbilt) added 19 pts and 10 rbs. When YMCA Lappeenranta crushed YMCA Lahti 91-70, home team's Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) scored 18 pts and has now 4003 pts altogether since autumn 2000 on Top level in Finland (16,9 ppg). Teemu Laine (190-G-77) (YMCA Lahti) played his 300th game on Top level in Finland. Laine netted tonight six pts and has scored 2824 pts (average 9,4 ppg) by now. Tarmo (Porvoo) beat Kataja (Joensuu) 97-82. Mark McCarroll (208-F/C-80, agency: CAA Sports, college: Pittsburgh), Travis Leech (203-C-81, college: Winona St.) and Esa Maki-Tulokas (200-F-82, college: LIU Brooklyn) had all 24 pts for Tarmo.

Kouvot - Honka 82-61 (36-24) (Wayne Bernard 21, Corey Smith 19/10, Samu Kaaresvirta 11 - Kimmo Muurinen 13, Petteri Koponen 12, Akeem Scott 10).

YMCA LPR - YMCA Lahti 91-70 (41-23) (Adrian Henning 24, Pasi Riihela 24, Petri Virtanen 18 - Ville Makalainen, Davont Jackson 16, Vesa Makalainen 10).

Tarmo - Kataja 97-82 (46-37) (Mark McCarroll 24/13, Esa Maki-Tulokas 24/13, Travis Leech 24 - Louis Hinnant 20, Andre Foreman 18, Anssi Kinnaslampi 17).



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
1. ToPo 30-10
2. Kouvot 29-11
3. Honka 26-14
4. Lahti 20-20
5. Korihait 18-22
6. Tarmo 18-22
7. Pyrinto 17-22
8. Kataja 16-24
9. KTP 16-24
10. LrNMKY 15-5
11. Kauhajoki 12-27
12. Componenta 12-28


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Williams, Pyrinto 23,2
2 Henning, LrNMKY 22,6
3 Hester, TC 21,6
4 S.Smith, KTP 21,4
5 C.Smith, Kouvot 20,9
Rebounds Per Game
1 McCarroll, Tarmo 12,7
2 Wallery, TC 12,0
3 Dies, KTP 11,4
4 Williams, Pyrinto 11,0
5 Dantzler, Pyrinto 10,8
Assists Per Game
1 Patterson, ToPo 4,9
2 Sten, LrNMKY 4,5
3 Hinnant, Kataja 4,5
4 Virtanen, LrNMKY 4,3
5 Williams, Pyrinto 4,1


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GERMANY

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Black, Pader 20.7
2 Allen, Frank 19.6
3 Green, Trier 18.4
4 Jenkins, ALBA 18.2
5 Woudstra, Ludw 16.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Gibbs, Ulm 10.0
2 Wysocki, Ulm 8.8
3 Katic, Wal T 8.4
4 Guinn, Bremerh 8.2
5 Haryasz, Bremer. 8.0
Assists Per Game
1 Rowland, Trier 4.8
2 Sparks, Giessen 4.3
3 Goldsberry, Art.D 4.2
4 Davis, Jena 4.2
5 Whiting, Lever 4.2
Steals Per Game
1 Frazier, Bonn 1.8
2 Perkovic, Ewe 1.7
3 Ross, Lever 1.7
Blocks Per Game
1 Haryasz, Bremerh 1.5
2 Brempong, Leverk. 1.5
3 Femerling, ALBA 1.4
2FGP
1 Femerling, ALBA 74.2
2 Finn, Ulm 69.8
3 Hall, Art.D 67.3
3FGP
1 Schtein, Frank 100
2 Dill, Goet. 100
3 Nikolic, ALBA 56.5
Free Throws
1 Rasic, ALBA 100.0
2 Stuckemann, Phant 100.0
3 Kratchenkov 100


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Pro A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Stapleton, DUS 21.0
2 Oliver, KAIS 20.8
3 Crawford, KARL 19.8
4 McGhee, CUX 19.1
5 Witt, Schalke 18.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Hamilton, LICH 10.9
2 Berghoefer, Duss 10.0
3 Shaw, Noerd 10.0
4 Oliver, KAIS 9.2
5 McGhee, CUX 9.1
Assists Per Game
1 Holcomb-Faye, KAIS 5.9
2 Russel, CHEM 4.9
3 Crawford, KARL 4.8
4 Bynum, HEID 4.6
5 Witt, Schalke 4.6
Steals Per Game
1 Trice, CUX 3.0
2 Parker, RHOE 3.0
3 Pryor, SCH 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1 Kelley, LAN 2.0
2 Johnson, DUS 2.0
2 Oliver, KAIS 1.8
2FGP
1 Hird, SCH 68.6
2 Johnson, DUS 64.7
3 Schille, Schalke 62.8
3FGP
1 Niebuhr, KAR 66.7
2 Johnson, BRE 60.0
3 Rojik, Rhoen 50.0
Free Throws
1 Gunther, HAG 100
2 Chavis, MBC 91.7
3 Lake, Nurn 90.7
Ranking
1 Oliver, KAIS 22.6
2 Trice, CUX 21.9
3 Kelley, LAN 21.1


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GREECE

A2 Match Day 23 Result -by George Manousidis
Age Halkidas 56 - 86 Dafni Athens
Top scorers:
Age Halkidas: IBESA 20 points, 18 rbounds and 2 assists
Dafni Athens: SOURLIS 20 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals - PETRODIMOPOULOS 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

Panorama GS 70 - 52 Panerythraikos AS
Top scorers:
Panorama GS: HENJAK 18 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals and 2 blocks - KAKAROUDIS 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assist
Panerythraikos AS: IFANTIS 11points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist

DASH Peristeri Athens 74 - 62 MENT Vassilakis
Top scorers:
DASH Peristeri Athens: TRYBANSKI 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks - Ralph Bucci (193-G-75, college: St.Rose (NY)) 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 steals
MENT Vassilakis: SPANOULIS 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals - MANDIC 15 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist

Xanthi BF Fashion 78 - 69 AO Paleo Faliro Pireus
Top scorers:
Xanthi BF Fashion: Aristo Nikoloudis (202-F-80) 17 points and 11 rebounds - MOULAKIS 14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1steal and 1 block
AO Paleo Faliro Pireus: TSIRIGOTAKIS 21 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals - ZOUKAS 13points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks

AO PANGRATI 64 - 58 ILISIAKOS
Top scorers:
AO PANGRATI: LIAKOPOULOS 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assist and 2 steals - MAHAIRAS 10 points and 9 rebounds
ILISIAKOS: PAPANIKOLAOU 15 points,3 rebounds and 1 steal

I.C.B.S. 91 - 68 Iraklis Thessaloniki
Top scorers:
I.C.B.S.: MASLARINOS 15 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal - ANAGNOSTOPOULOS 17 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block
Iraklis Thessaloniki: TOTSIOS 17points, 2 rebounds and 3 assist - MISIC 15 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist

Ionikos Lamias 81 - 58 AS Apollon Patras PATRON
Top scorers:
Ionikos Lamias: SPANOS 14 points, 1 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal
Apollon Patras PATRON: 14 points, 1 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal

AS TRIKALA 87 - 66 AO Sporting Athens
Top scorers:
AS TRIKALA: LEPENIOTIS 17 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and 3 steals
AO Sporting Athens: MOUTRAN 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals - FOTIOU 14points and 2 rebounds


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
1. Trikalla 2000 19-4
2. Panorama 17-6
3. Dafni 17-6
4. DASH Perist. 14-9
5. Ionikos Lamias 14-9
6. ICBS 13-10
7. Iraklis 13-10
8. HSBC Pagrati 13-10
9. Xanthi 10-13
10. Panerythrai. 10-13
11. Apollon 9-14
12. MENT 9-14
13. Ilysiakos 8-15
14. Halkida 7-16
15. Sporting 6-16
16. P.Faliro 5-18


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
1. Panathin. 18-2
2. Olympiak. 16-3
3. Aris 14-5
4. Panellinios 12-8
5. Egaleo 11-8
6. Panionios 11-9
7. AEK 9-11
8. Maroussi 9-11
9. AEL 8-11
10. PAOK 7-12
11. Olimpia L. 7-13
12. Rethimno 6-14
13. Kolossos 6-14
14. Olimpiada P. 3-16


"Do or Die" games for Greek teams in Euroleague for the last game in Top 16! -by Chris Mammides
The excitement and drama of Euroleague Basketball was at the forefront in Top 16 Week 5 for the Greek teams. All three of them have chances to qualify and all three of them have chances not to qualify, with just a game to go!! Is the first time since the Euroleague started that with one week remaining the qualified teams for the Quarterfinal Play offs are only 4!! There is no doubt that the final four in Madrid will be more exciting than ever. Nobody can predict anything yet, nobody can say for sure that this team will be undoubtedly in the final four. The only remaining undefeated team was also the first to win its group and clinch home-court advantage in the playoffs is the basks of Tau Ceramica who had a quite medium first round. Tau Ceramica beaten Aris 90-74 at the Fernando Buesa Arena to remain undefeated in the Top 16 and clinch first place in Group E. Tau, which won its seventh straight home game, will have home-court advantage in the best-of-three Quarterfinal Playoffs with possible opponent (if wins in Belgrade) Panathinaikos, Aris, which dropped to 1-4 in the group, and needs a small miracle to qualify as the Martians needs a win with +31 points in their last and most crucial game in order to have the slightest hope of advancing to the next stage. Aris shot well in the first half and behind Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.), went ahead 22-29 early in the second period. However the hosts rallied to take a 43-37 halftime lead and the advantage continued to grow throughout the second half as Tau made it look easy. Tiago Splitter led Tau with 18 points, Pablo Prigioni added 16 points, 4 assists and 4 steals, Igor Rakocevic returned from injury with 11 points and Gabe Muoneke had 10 off the bench. Meanwhile Aris, which was doomed by its 21 turnovers, was led by power forward Jeremiah Massey with 26 points, while Hanno Mottola added 12.

In Group D, Panathinaikos edged Montepaschi Siena 77-76 at the end of a back-and-forth battle that put the losers in the quarterfinals and kept the winners alive. There were two winners in Athens as Panathinaikos edged Montepaschi Siena 77-76, but couldn's reach the +10 points so the visitors clinched a spot in the Quarterfinal Playoffs. The defending Euroleague champion held on to win a thriller that went down to the final second, improving to 3-2 in Group D. The game was a back-and-forth battle with the visitors coming out red-hot from downtown as they built a 12-27 lead. Panathinaikos stormed back to within 43-45 by halftime and then went ahead in the third quarter. But Montepaschi never quit down to the last seconds, when Vlado Ilievski missed from downtown and two tip-ins both were off target, allowing Panathinaikos to win. Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) led Panathinaikos with 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting. Vassilis Spanoulis added 13 points, Sarunas Jasikevicius 12 and Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) had a season-high 11. Bootsy Thornton paced Montepaschi with 19, Terrell McIntyre scored 15 and dished 5 assists, Ksistof Lavrinovic chipped in 12 and Ilievski 10.
During the 6th and most crucial week, Panathinaikos visits Partizan Igokea knowing that a win secures its participation in the next stage. Meanwhile the Italian champs also sit at 3-2, the same as Partizan, but have tiebreakers over both clubs, meaning Montepaschi as already in the quarterfinals. A win at home over Efes Pilsen next week will give head coach Simone Pianigiani's the top spot and home-court advantage in the best-of-three quarterfinals.

In Group F, Panagiotis Giannakis's Olympiacos outlasted Zalgiris 52-61 on the road to keep its own playoff hopes alive as Top 16 leading scorer Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) changed attitude with Greek Coach's arrival in Piraeus. Greer led the Reds with 14 points and 5 steals, Marc Jackson scored 11 and Ioannis Bourousis finished with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Jonas Maciulis paced the hosts with 10 points, DeJuan Collins scored 9 and dished 5 assists and Paulius Jankunas added 8 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.
In Week 6, the Reds and Real Madrid will go head-to-head in Athens for Group F's other playoffs spot, while Maccabi can clinch first place with by beating Zalgiris at home.


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GUATEMALA

Icevic wins at home over Sat Cybertec in Game 1 of their series -by Victor Padilla
With a missed 3-point shot attempt from Joaquin Ortiz (180-G-78) when only 4 seconds were remaining in the game, Sat Cybertec failed to seal a 18-pts deficit comeback that could have given Icevic a sure headache in their opening game at home for Liga Centroamericana 2008, in a 67-64 game that favoured the Honduran team at the end but could have ended the other way around. In the last minute of the game. Veteran players Pedro Salazar (204-C-72) and Jose Lopez (-73) of Icevic made key baskets in a 5-0 run that erased the 2-point advantage that the visiting team had secured with good defense and fast-break transition over the now leaders of Group B. Both teams face themselves again for Game 2 tonight.

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HOLLAND

FEB Results: MyGuide Amsterdam Falls In Nijmegen; Eiffel Towers Win Over Landstede -by Sanders Jackson


Thursday night in FEB action, MyGuide Amsterdam had a tough time in the Horstacker versus a rejuvenated Matrixx Magixx team, who had a good start and kept the pressure on the league leader, holding off a MyGuide 4th quarter rally and going on to win by the score of 87-81. Mtrixx led 25-11 at the end of the 1st quarter and 44-30 at the half and led by as much as 69-51 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) had an impressive game, scoring 28 pts. including 5 three-pointers to lead Matrixx. Tyler Smith (203-F-80, agency: Players Group, college: Penn St.) added 23 pts. and Chris Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) added 18 pts. and 13 rebounds. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) led MyGuide with 18 pts. Matrixx are now 20-13 and 3rd in the FEB, while MyGuide drops its second in a row.


In Den Bosch, defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers had the game in the hand from the 2nd quarter on, not letting up and winning convincingly 79-65.

Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) led the way with 18 pts. FEB leading scorer Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius) scored 17 to lead Landstede. Eiffel are now 19-11 and 4th in the FEB, while Landstede remains in 8th place in a tight race for the 7th and 8th FEB playoff spots.


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IBL

IBL releases top 10 performers from Friday's event in Gary -by Trask Frost
Gary, IN - The International Basketball League has selected the top 10 players from the All-Star teams pitted against IBL opponents on Friday, March 14. The players are listed below.

Lebraun Andrews, 6'7', forward - Andrews had, perhaps, the most impressive tryout of the group, scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 boards while impressing scouts and owners alike with his all around game.

Marc Williams, 6'4', guard - Williams is strong and athletic, and plays the point guard position more like a ‘point forward' in the mold of a Scottie Pippen.

Devin Smith, 6'9', forward/center - Smith was outstanding against a terrific Gary team on Friday—scoring 11 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and blocking six shots.

Shane Thorson, 6'6', guard/forward - Thorson scored 24 points on Friday. Thorson is best suited to play the small forward spot, but is versatile enough to effectively handle shooting guard or power forward duties as well.

Shonn Williams, 6'5', guard/forward - Williams poured in 18 points versus the Steelheads on Friday, and was impressive enough to get a serious look from Gary's staff. Williams is a natural ‘3', but, like Thorson, Williams can also play at the ‘2' or ‘4' spots.

Antjuan Koger, 6'7', forward - Koger finished with 17 points against Gary on Friday, including a three for three effort from behind the arc in the final period.

Mike Hadley (6'4''-G/F-75, college: N.C.Central), 6'4', guard - Hadley played in the IBL last season (scoring 45 points for the Windy City Soldiers against Elkhart in the playoffs). Hadley scored 18 points against Gary on Friday.

Zach Ramey, 6'3', guard - Ramey was an excellent floor leader from the point guard position, scoring 28 points and dishing out four assists in Friday's action.

David Fisher, 6'7', forward - Fisher is long and athletic with a tremendous amount of upside. Fisher is expected to have a big day when the games/tryouts continue on Sunday (March 16).

Ryan McCoy, 5'11', guard - McCoy finished with 18 points on Friday, and also tallied 5 rebounds and four assists. McCoy is a solid athlete with excellent court vision.


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ICELAND

1 division last round -by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Last round in regular season last night. Breidablik league Champions and move directly up to top league.
In play-offs. FSU vs. Haukar. Valur vs. Armann.

Last night games. Haukar 81. FSU 104. Arni Ragnarsson 19 for FSU. Sigurdur Einarsson 24 for Haukar.
Throttur 77 Armann 110. No stats available.
Breiđablik 98 Hottur 83 No stats available.
Valur beat Reynir.
Thor 91. KFI 92. Gretar Erlendsson 31. Isaac Westbrooks (190-G-85, agency: IceBasket) 18 + 14 rebs + 9 assist for Thor.
Srdjan Bozic 27. Allan Sheppard 25 for KFI.


Standings - 1 Division
D1 Standings
1. Breidablik 17-1
2. FSU 14-4
3. Valur 13-5
4. Haukar 10-8
5. Armann/Thrott 10-8
6. Thor Thorl 8-10
7. KFI 8-10
8. Hottur 5-13
9. Reynir S. 3-15
10. Throttur V. 2-16


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IRELAND

Stats Leaders - Men
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Lay, Sham.R 33.5
2. Nieman, ULS 30.6
3. Campbell, STP 30.5
4. Hadley, TIG 28.5
5. Kelly, MDS 27.9
Rebounds Per Game
1. Turner, STV 18.7
2. Naughton, NEP 17.0
3. Gamble, DCU 17.0
4. Clement, MDS 17.0
5. Lay, Sham.R 16.7
Assists Per Game
1. Summers, BAL 9.4
2. Reed, Sham.R 9.3
3. OBrien, STP 9.0
4. Campbell, STP 8.0
5. Donnelly, DCU 5.8
Steals Per Game
1. Summers, BAL 5.1
2. Campbell, STP 4.0
3. McNeil, DCU 3.8
Blocks Per Game
1. Thomas, BAL 3.8
2. Hilleary, STP 2.8
3. Clement, MDS 2.5


Irish abroad -by Mariano Galindo
Bad week for Irish players in ULEB Cup. Pat Burke (208-C-73, college: Auburn) and Jim Moran (200-F/G-79, college: William & Mary) lost their games and they must do a miracle to be in the Final Eight with their teams.
Khimki has to overcome a 23 points disadvantage, after lose in Russia against Joventut (73-96).
On the other and, Kalise Gran Canaria has the same problems that Khimki and possibly Jim Moran will watch Final Eight on TV. Galatasaray destroyed Moran's team (99-74). Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) and former ACB player Charles Gaines (201-F-81, college: S.Mississippi) were the best players of the game while Moran did not score any point in 17:12 minutes.

Next Tuesday we will know the teams that will be in Turin.


Irish players abroad -by Mariano Galindo


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ISRAEL

Stats Leaders - National League
National League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Williams, Shoham 24.2
2 Carcamo, Ashdod 23.4
3 Moragne, Hod H. 23.4
4.King Beer 22.4
5 Brandy, Natzrath 21.7
6 Carr, Q. Ata 21.6
7 Carter Shmuel 21.3
8 Gendal, Ramla 20.1
9 Patterson, Ramla 20
10 Sonko, Y/M 18.5


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ITALY

Standings - B1
B1 Standings
Group A
1. Forli 15-6
2. Venezia 15-6
3. Casalpuster. 15-6
4. Ticino 13-8
5. Lumezzane 13-8
6. Fidenza 12-9
7. Omegna 11-10
8. Vigevano 11-10
9. Treviglio 10-11
10. Ozzano 9-12
11. Modena 6-15
12. Riva del Garda 6-15
13. Asti 6-15
14. Vado Ligure 5-16
Group B
1. Siena Virtus 15-6
2. Brindisi 15-6
3. Osimo 15-6
4. Trapani 15-6
5. Latina 12-9
6. Ferentino 11-10
7. S.Antimo 11-10
8. Matera 11-19
9. Fossombrone 10-11
10. Potenza 8-13
11. Patti 8-13
12. Firenze 7-14
13. Gragnano 6-15
14. Porto Torres 3-18


Lega 2: the year of Ferrara. -by Gianni Pascucci

On Friday night, Carife Ferrara defeated on the road Banco di Sardegna Sassari 91-73, enlarging to 3 wins the difference between its first place and all the other Lega 2 teams. With such an advantage and only seven games to play in regular season, it is very probable that Ferrara wil be directly promoted to Serie A. Scoring 21 points and dishing 5 assists on friday night, Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) showed to be back at his usual shape, and teh other top players of Carife, Harold Jamison (204-C-76, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Clemson) and Daniel Farabello (194-G-73), were very good they too, with 17 pts and 5 rebs and 14 pts and 4 assists, respectively. Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) scored 26 points in losing effort for Sassari, but in our opinion this team can hope to enter in Serie A only via the playoff grid.
See complete boxscores at www.legaduebasket.it



Anticipated games results -by Gianni Pascucci

One of he two Serie A games of yesterday sounds as a final verdict for Eldo Napoli, that could have ended its run to the playoff grid in consequence of the second fall in a row, this time at Cantu, where Tisettanta prevailed over Eldo 73-64. A bad start of Napoli (8-17 at the end of the first quarter) was the main factor in the loss, together with a poor shooting accuracy. Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington) scored 19 points in losing effort, and only two other teammates, Matteo Malaventura (196-G-78) and Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia), ended the game in double digits, at 13. The best in Cantu was Herve Toure (202-F-82, agency: ACMT), who ended the game at 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assist, well help'ed by DaShaun Wood (180-G-85, college: Wright St.), who added 18 pts, 3 rebs and 4 assist. In the other game played on saturday, Siviglia Wear Teramo dominated Angelico Biella on the road, winning 100-98 a game in which Biella made a desperate comeback during the last part of the game, after falling down more than 20 points in the score. Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) was the game MVP. with 33 points and 13 rebounds, while Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) showed why he could wear a Team Italy shirt on next summer, with 22 points, 5 steals and 6 assits. The newly arrived Hassan Adams (193-G-84, agency: David Lee services, college: Arizona) added 17 points in Teramo, while Barry BJ Elder (193-G-82, college: Georgia Tech) and Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Ohio) (19 pts each) led Biella in losing effort, with Valerio Spinelli (184-G-79) adding 17 point in the furious, unsuccesful last time comeback.
See complete boxscores at www.legabasket.it



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JAPAN

Bangura leads Aisin over Mitsubishi in Game 1 of JBL Playoffs -by Kenny
Second year SG Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) helped the Aisin Sea Horses squeeze past the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins in Game 1 of the best-of-3 JBL 1st round playoffs yesterday (3/15) in Tokyo. Bangura scored a game high 34 points on 4-for-10 shooting from 3-pt range. Aisin got a good balance of scoring from their 3 big guns-Bangura, C J.R. Sakuragi, and F James Maye. Sakuragi had 17 points and 6 rebounds while Maye contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Maye was sharp from long distance as he made 3 out of his 4 shot attempts from beyond the arc. Rookie sensation F Kosuke Takeuchi also chipped in with 16 and 8. The game went into overtime but Aisin was able to pull away by outscoring Mitsubishi 13-10 in the extra period. Game 2 of the series is set for today (3/16).

In the other playoff game, the Toyota Alvark held on to beat the OSG Phoenix 100-93 in Game 1 of their playoff series. Second year PG Louis Campbell led the way 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists while Charles O'Bannon was his usual steady self with 28 points and 16 boards. Veteran SG Takuma Watanabe helped contribute to the win also by pouring in 19 points. OSG put up a valiant effort and got a spectacular performance from swingman Shingo Asayama who scored 30 points in the losing effort. SG Takuya Kawamura also played well, scoring 20 points while 1st year import C Marquis Estill had 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. Game 2 is set for today also.


Notes: If OSG loses to Toyota today, they will be eliminated from the playoffs and will officially finish their 6-year run in the JBL's top division. OSG is set to join the rival bj-league from the start of the 2008-09 season.


Chiba, Tochigi advance to JBL2 finals -by J.D. Greene
The Tochigi Brex proved that they are ready to move up to JBL1 next season as they destroyed Toyota Tsusho in today's semi-final matchup (102-53). Some may have been surprised that the first-year Brex easily beat the Tsusho considering Toyota's remarkable record in the regular season. However Tochigi was able out-rebound Toyota and had some noteworthy chemistry, especially among their imports Chris King and Fred Williams and naturalized player Ken Tanaka. The Brex were able to hold their opponents to 28 points in the first half.

First place Chiba matched up against fourth place Ishikawa and, although the Blue Sparks shot well, they could not compete with Chiba's height and strength. Two-year reigning JBL2 champion Chiba Badgers were able to collect an easy win (82-72) with major scoring and rebounding contributions from imports Ben Lambert and Clifton Lee as well as Kenji Okamura.

The final game featuring the Chiba Badgers and Tochigi Brex will be held on Sunday, 3/16 in Chiba. Although Chiba was able to grab victories in both meetings against the Brex during the regular season, Tochigi seems to have some good momentum which should result in a nail-biting final match-up.


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JORDAN

The King in Zain !!! -by Mohammed Malas
One of the most famous imports in the region is coming to Jordan, The american point guard Tony Madison (190-G-71, agency: China-Hoop, college: New Orleans) signed with Zain basketball team for the reminder of the Excellent League which will end in the middle of april.

Tarek Al Hosani the 1st team's manager assured to Asia-Basket that Madison signed on the federation's paper earlier today and awaiting for 'the signning on contract' progress following their agreement on the terms with the player's agent soon.

Madison is a main part of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon in the last 3 years adding to his big career with other teams in Lebanon and other countries such as Saudi Arabia and finally Iran this season with two different teams (Mahram 'Champions of Iranian League' and Petrochimi Imam Harbour 'Only in WABA for Clubs 2008').

The King will not appear with the Jordanian champions in both Arab Clubs Championship which will be in Amman next month and Asian Clubs Championship in May due to his commitment with Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in the 1st competition this year and imports restrictions in the 2nd.


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LATVIA

VEF Riga advances to the Play-off after an overtime thriller -by Eurobasket News
Valmiera-VEF Riga 72 : 75( 11-20, 18-17, 22-18, 14-12 ) Overtime: 7-8

VEF Riga creates a small miracle and advanced to the Playoffs. The team that started in Challenge Cup and finished their on the second position took the ticket from Valmiera, a team with a name in Europe. After four quarters teams had plus 2 for VEF Riga, the opposite of what they had in the first game and the spectators saw another short period, called overtime. VEF Riga won 7:8 that made total 72:75. Evgeni Kolesnikov (194-G-85) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) nailed 17, while Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) had 13. Vladimir Stimac (206-C-87, agency: Interperformances) finished the night with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Valmiera.
Olivero made 4:1 for the home team after a lay-up, but then with the help of Evgeni Kolesnikov and Ronalds Zakis VEF Riga closed the opening quarter at 11:20. Valmiera improved its defense early in the second quarter and started to catch up with the guests. Agnis Cavars (196-F-86) fixed the halftime score at 29:37. With 44:55 Valmiera had nothing to lose and used all their power. It helped them to produce 6-0 run to stay within 51:55 before the fourth, not the last quarter. Vladimir Stimac gave the hosts 61:60 with 5 minutes to play and in the end it was Maksim Sheleketo who scored 3 times from the free throw line for 65:67, overtime. Evgeni Kolesnikov gave his team 72:75 while Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: FCM) missed a desperation jump shot at the buzzer.

Valmiera:Vladimir Stimac 18+9 rebs, Agnis Cavars 12, Ingus Bankevics 10
VEF Riga:Evgeni Kolesnikov 21+11 rebs, Ronalds Zakis 17, Maksim Sheleketo 13


LBL standings
LBL Standings
Division I
1. Barons/LMT 10-1
2. Valmiera 10-7
3. ASK Riga 9-1
4. BK Ventsp. 9-2
5. Liep.Lauvas 9-8
6. VEF Riga 8-9
7. Bum./ASK 2-15
8. Keizarmezs 1-15
Division II
1. Zemgale 24-5
2. Ventspils au. 21-6
3. RNS-D/Livani 18-10
4. ASK/Juniors 18-12
5. LU/Ridzene 13-15
6. Jurmala 13-16
7. Roja 10-18
8. Cesis/Remarks 6-24
9. Saldus 5-22


Stats Leaders
LBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Ozols (Jurmala) 21.0
Kanbergs (VA) 20.3
Rudzitis (Bum.) 18.6
Delveris (Roja) 18.5
Mizis (LU/Ridz.) 18.1
Rebounds Per Game
Stimac (Valmiera) 11.3
Ed.Eglitis (LU/Ridz.) 9.0
Licitis (Saldus) 8.5
Alexander (Bar.) 8.1
J.Rozitis (ASK/Jun.) 8.0
Assists Per Game
Slesers (Livani) 7.3
Buskevics (ASK) 4.5
Raiskums (Zem.) 4.0
Tiss (Saldus) 4.0
Olivero (Valmiera) 4.0
Steals Per Game
Slesers (Livani) 3.3
Millage (ASK) 2.7
Skele (Barons) 2.6
Blocks Per Game
J.Rozitis (ASK/Jun.) 2.7
D.Rozitis (Cesis) 2.4
Rich (Liepaja) 2.4
Ranking
Stimac (Valmiera) 22.5
Kanbergs (VA) 21.1
Raiskums (Zemgale) 20.5


Standings - LBAL
LBAL Standings
Austrumi 1-4
1. Valmiera-2 6-1
2. DU/Hansabanka 4-3
3. Maksis/LTI 4-3
4. Madona 0-7
Austrumi 5-7
1. Preili 4-1
2. Ezerzeme 2-3
3. Jekabpils 1-3
Centrs 1-4
1. ASK Kadeti 3-1
2. Keizarmezs-2 2-2
3. Ogre/Sonora 1-2
4. Jurmala 2 1-2
Centrs 5-8
1. VIA Riga 0-0
2. Kursa/MRU 0-0
3. LU 0-0
4. Turiba 0-0
Centrs 9-12
1. VEF Riga 1-0
2. Saulkrasti 0-0
3. Ridzene 89 0-0
4. Salacgriva 0-1
Centrs 13-16
1. Ridzene M. 1-0
2. I.O.S. 0-0
3. ASK Kadeti-2 0-0
4. 3.BJSS 0-1
Centrs 17-20
1. DSN 0-0
2. LNSF 0-0
3. Ridzene 91 0-0
Rietumi 1-4
1. Liepajas Papirs 4-3
2. Dartija 4-3
3. Kandava 3-4
4. Variants 3-4
Rietumi 5-9
1. Zemgale/Juniors 8-1
2. Perkons 7-2
3. Talsi 6-3
4. Olaine 2-7
5. Baldone 1-9


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LIGA CENTROAMERICANA

Icevic wins at home over Sat Cybertec in Game 1 of their series -by Gianni Pascucci
With a missed 3-point shot attempt from Joaquin Ortiz (180-G-78) when only 4 seconds were remaining in the game, Sat Cybertec failed to seal a 18-pts deficit comeback that could have given Icevic a sure headache in their opening game at home for Liga Centroamericana 2008, in a 67-64 game that favoured the Honduran team at the end but could have ended the other way around. In the last minute of the game. Veteran players Pedro Salazar (204-C-72) and Jose Lopez (-73) of Icevic made key baskets in a 5-0 run that erased the 2-point advantage that the visiting team had secured with good defense and fast-break transition over the now leaders of Group B. Both teams face themselves again for Game 2 tonight.

Liceo triumphs over Jaguares -by Gianni Pascucci
Defeating 106-84 in Game 2 of the series, Coopenae Liceo de Costa Rica completed the sweep, 2-0 over the Nicaraguan team in the third series of Liga Centroamericana 'Group A'. The night before, Liceo had won Game 1 73-54. Thanks to these wins, Liceo hopes to conquer the second place in the group that allows the team to advance to the Final 4 of the competition. The new import of Liceo, Patrick Culver (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M), was the main scorer with 34 points in Game 2, while Jason Walters (196-G-71, college: Mt.Senario) led Jaguares in losing effort with 24 points. Game 1 was dominated by the other new import of Liceo, Kendrick Jones (190-G-83, college: Columbus St.), who poured in 34 popints he too, while Ben McCain (206-C-83, college: Houston Baptist) was the best in Jaguares with 16 points.

Standings
Liga Centroamericana Standings
Group A
1. Pioneros 4-0
2. Liceo 2-2
3. Jaguares 0-4
Group B
1. Icevic T. 3-0
2. SAT 2-1
3. Nacionales 0-4


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LITHUANIA

Suduva registered the second victory -by Eurobasket News
Suduva registered the second win in LKL beating Atletas 84:87. After a tight opening to the quarter, Suduva made the first break with some runs to finish the opening period 23:27 to the good. In the second quarter, a start gave the visitors a healthy lead, which they carried through for the majority of the period. Suduva had 10 points advantage as the teams disappeared in the lockers.
The second half saw Suduva continue to stretch away, but they could not shake off Atletas, who battled their way back into the game. The home side created 25:18 in the third quarter to stay within three points. Both sides traded baskets through the closing stages. Suduva kept the deficit for good and reached the second win in the league this season. Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) led the winners with 17 points. Gytis Sirutavicius (195-F-83) netted 14, while Tatarunas scored 12. Valdas Dabkus (202-F-84) ended up with 25 points in the losing effort.
Siauliai remains third with 10-6 record after a game for the 'third' place against Alytus. The team that will host BBL Final Four had a 69:80 win. Marius Prekevicius (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) and Gediminas Maceina (188-G-84) produced 19 points each. Grant followed them with 12 points as his team won the opening quarter 15:30. Marius Janisius (203-F-77) chipped in 20 points in the losing clause.

Atletas-Suduva 84:87 (23-27 19-25 25-18 17-17)
Atletas:Valdas Dabkus 25, Vileita 24
Suduva:Marius Valukonis 17, Gytis Sirutavicius 14, Tatarunas 12

Alytus-Siauliai 69:80 (15-30 20-7 15-18 19-25)
Alytus:Marius Janisius 20, Urbonas 16
Siauliai:Marius Prekevicius 19, Gediminas Maceina 19, Grant 12


Vilnius, 11,000 spectators, Lietuvos Rytas -Zalgiris 91:79 -by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas -Zalgiris 91:79( 26-19, 13-23, 31-23, 21-14 )

Oh, well, the game between two Lithuanian titans always bring intrigue, passion, great game etc. But when you play in a crowded Siemens Arena, it is more than what was listed. Lietuvos Rytas overcame Zalgiris 91:79 with the help of 11,000 spectators in Vilnius. A confident second half was decisive in the game and let Rytas improved to 16-1. Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) and Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) led the winners with 19 points. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) supported them with 13 and Jared Jordan (188-G-84, college: Marist) scored 11. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points in the losing effort.

In the first game of these teams of BBL this season Zalgiris beat Lietuvos 80:72. the game was played on 17th November and it is the only defeat for Rytas in the season. Jonas Maciulis opened the game for the guests and kept them in front in the opening tip. After 12:16 Lietuvos Rytas mounted in 10-0 run to close the quarter at 26:19. Martynas Gecevicius buried a stop-and-pop jumper in transition right to start of the second quarter, but then it was Zalgiris to take the control of the game. Rytas could not find the way to the basket and allowed the guests to tie at 39. Moreover Jonas Maciulis ended up the half from the arc for 39:42.
Jurak gave the guests 44:49 and then the game has chanced again. An 11-0 run saw the hosts improved to 55:49 in the end of the third. Zalgiris's defense could not figure out whom among Rytas's scorers to try to stop.Lietuvos kept rolling anyway and had 70:65 after 30 minutes. The hosts speed up the tempo early in the fourth quarter and never looked behind. Price with a three set up the final, 91:79 score.

Lietuvos Rytas:Chuck Eidson 19, Martynas Gecevicius 19, Kenan Bajramovic 13, Jared Jordan 11
Zalgiris:DeJuan Collins 14, Jonas Maciulis 14


Rytas won the battle of the leaders -by Lukas Zajancauskas

Rytas overcome Zalgiris 91:79 (26:19, 13:23, 31:23, 21:14). This game was a chance for Rytas players, who don't play much, because some of the main players was resting tonight. Marijonas Petravicius and Matt Nielsen wasn't playing tonight, they are expected to return in the first part of April.
The first half was even, Rytas was leading, but Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) pulled his team forward and Zalgiris won the first half 42:39. The main action was in the final quater. Zalgiris was always behind by 2-4 points, but their attempts to obtain the lead was unsuccesful. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) and DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) missed their free throws, Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) added a three pointer and there were no chances left for Zalgiris (87:78). Siemens Arena was celebrating, Rytas won 91:79.
Terrible game for Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.), he scored 11 points, but hit only 2/11 field goals. Zalgiris won the board, but their accurateness was bad, 4/22 three pointers and 25/38 free throws. Jared Jordan (188-G-84, college: Marist) played 34 minutes and scored 11 points and 5 assists, Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) - 27 minutes and 19 points. The main playmaker Hollis Price played only 5 minutes, but he got 8 points.

Lietuvos Rytas won the BBL regural season, but this doesn't give any advantage, because Final Four will occure in Siauliai.

Lietuvos Rytas : Chuck Eidson (202-F-80, college: S.Carolina) 19 points+6 assists+4 reb., Martynas Gecevicius 19, Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) 13.
Zalgiris : Jonas Maciulis 14, DeJuan Collins 14, Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) 12+9 boards.



Kedainiai will build new arena -by Lukas Zajancauskas
Municipality of Kedaniai decided that the city needs new arena. The capacity of this arena will be 3000.

Now Nevezis Kedainiai is playing in one of the smallest courts in LKL, only 800 spectators can watch the match. Victory in this years BBL Challenge Cup may influenced this decision. The final concepsion, project, way of sponsorship will be discussed in the next sessions. It is expected that the arena will cost about 30 million euros.


Stats Leaders - LKL
LKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Varnelis Alytus 18.5
2. Zavackas Siaul 18.3
3. Janisius Alytus 18.0
4. Pridotkas Nept 16.9
5. Sinica Sakalai 16.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Janisius Alytus 8.6
2. Kuzminskas Siau 8.4
3. Niparavicius Sak 7.4
4. Urbonas Alytus 7.1
5. Varnelis Alytus 6.9
Assists Per Game
1. Collins Zalgiris 5.4
2. Hill Techasas 5.1
3. Kalnietis Zalgiris 5.1
4. Jordan Rytas 4.8
5. Dainys Neptunas 4.2
Steals Per Game
1. Eidson Rytas 2.5
2. Sirvydis Suduva 1.8
3. Jordan Rytas 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1. Leonavičius, Nev 2.0
2. Kuzminskas, Siau 1.6
3. Williams Techa 1.0
2FGP
1. Jankunas Zalgir 70.9
2. Petravicius Ryt 66.7
3. Pridotkas Nept 63.1
3FGP
1. Zavackas Siaul 55.6
2. Sinica Sakal 55.0
3. Varnelis Alytus 53.7
Free Throws
1. Nielsen Rytas 93.3
2. Zavackas Siaul 91.3
3. Gecevicius Ryt 90.0
Ranking
1. Varnelis, Aly 21.9
2. Zavackas, Siau 20.2
3. Stanevicius, Nep 19.8
4. Janisius, Aly 19.2
5. Dabkus, Atl 19.1


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
1. Lietuvos 15-0
2. Zalgiris 11-2
3. Siauliai 10-6
4. Alita 8-6
5. Neptunas 7-7
6. Sakalai 5-9
7. Nevezis 5-9
8. Panevezys 5-10
9. Atletas 4-11
10. Suduva 2-12


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MOROCCO

News from Morocco -by Nour Amri
News from Morocco

League's leader IRT got eliminated from Cup competition. Once again RCA blocked the way to IRT, but this time not in the final but in early quarter final. RCA, ASS, MAS and WAC will play semi-finals.

IRT's coach Said Bouzidi was sacked last week and replaced by Nizar Mesbahi. IRT's management said that they were aiming the King's Cup this year but coach Bouzidi did not help them reach their goals.

Under 20 Men National Team will participate in Tourcoing International Tournament from March 17th to March 26 th. Hicham Doghmi was appointed Head Coach.

AMEB (national basketball coaches association) launches their web site (www.ameb.ma) and announced a future agreement with AEEB (Spanish basketball coaches association).


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NBA

It is 21 now! Keep counting! -by Eurobasket News
The Houston Rockets held off the Charlotte Bobcats yesterday to stretch their winning streak to 21 games now. It's the second-largest winning rally in the NBA history. The Rockets have now just the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers ahead of them in the record column as that team registered unbelievable 33 victories in a row. But what is more important the Rockets reached the present LA Lakers for the tie atop of the Western Conference. Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) delivered 30 points to fuel the 21st consecutive success for the Texas outfit. But the main challenges are coming pretty soon. The Rockets host the rivals LA Lakers on Sunday. Then they will take on Boston, New Orleans and Golden State to prove the streak was not a mere coincidence of various factors. Rafer Alston (6'2''-G-76, college: Fresno St.) fired 17 points, while Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) added 12 more to help secure the positive outcome. Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) netted 28 points for the Bobcats.
Meanwhile the San Antonio Spurs lost the battle in the Motown as they were beaten 84:80 by the Pistons. Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) scored 25 points, including 7 points in the final 21 seconds to clinch the 47th win for the hosts. The Pistons' guard first completed a three-point play and then was deadly from the charity stripe in the dying seconds to seal the win for Detroit. San Antonio meanwhile lost their second in a row. Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) netted 26 points in a losing case. The Spurs had to do without Bruce Bowen who was suspended for hitting Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) and Ime Udoka (injured right ankle).
The New Orleans closed the gap on the LA Lakers beating them 108:98 at home. The visitors lost Pau Gasol with just over 2 minutes past in the game as he sprained his left ankle and never returned to action. The hosts capitalized on the absence of the Lakers' starting centre and drove to an impressive victory that put them just one win shy of the Western leaders. Chris Paul tallied 27 points and 17 assists and New Orleans overcame a 36-point haul from Kobe Bryant to celebrate an important win. David West produced 12 points and 14 boards for the Hornets but also had to leave the floor because of a sprained right ankle with 7 minutes remaining.


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
1. Boston C. 51-13
2. Toronto R. 34-31
3. Philadelphia 32-34
4. New Jersey N. 27-38
5. New York K. 19-46
Central Div.
1. Detroit P. 47-18
2. Cleveland C. 37-29
3. Chicago B. 26-39
4. Indiana P. 25-40
5. Milwaukee B. 23-42
Southeast Div.
1. Orlando M. 43-24
2. Washington W. 32-32
3. Atlanta H. 26-38
4. Charlotte B. 24-41
5. Miami H. 11-52
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
1. Utah J. 44-23
2. Denver N. 39-26
3. Portland T.B. 34-32
4. Seattle S. 16-50
5. Minnesota T. 15-49
Pacific Div.
1. Los Angeles L. 45-20
2. Phoenix S. 43-22
3. Golden St. 40-24
4. Sacramento K. 29-35
5. Los Angeles C. 21-43
Southwest Div.
1. Houston R. 45-20
2. N.Orleans H. 44-20
3. San Antonio S. 44-21
4. Dallas M. 43-23
5. Memphis G. 15-49


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NCAA1

Georgetown and Pitt arrange rematch in Big East Finals -by Carl Berman
Georgetown and Pittsburgh will have a rematch of last years Big East Tournament final after each team posted convincing victories in the semifinals. Last year Georgetown prevailed 65-42. Pittsbugh is hoping for a different result this year but after Georgetown's romp over West Virginia, Pittsburgh may find a difficult game in the final. Georgetown perhaps had the most impressive performance of any team in any conference tyournament yesterday as they easily defeated a good West Virginia club 72-55. Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86) after being held scoreless in the quarterfinals erupted for 25 points and 13 rebounds as the smaller Mountainers had no one to guard him. Georgetown led by 12 at the half and costed to the victory. West Virginia's star Joe Alexander was held to 12 points on 5-16 shooting as he looked tired as West Virgina played their third game in three days. Alexander did show a game that was very impressive and suited to the NBA.

In the nightcap Pittsburgh raced out to a 35-22 halftime lead and then withstood a second half Marquette comback to prevail 68-61. Marquette pulled within three points with a minute left at 62-59 before Levance Fields connected on two free throws to help Pitt to the victory. Sam Young led Pitt with 22 points as they improved to 25-9 on the season.


Atlantic 10 Semifinals -by Carl Berman
St. Joseph's pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament as they upended top seeded and tenth ranked Xavier 61-53. The 53 points were a season low for Xavier. Pat Calathes (6'10''-G/F-85) scored 24 points to lead the Hawks who led the entire game. The win should be enough to place St. Joseph's into the NCAA tournament. First, howver, they must battle a good Temple squad in the tournament finals. Temple easily defeated Charlotte 60-45. Charlotte was comning off two exciting victories over URI and UMass but could not figure out Temple's defense. Temple was lead by Mark Tyndale's 20 points and 15 rebounds. It will be an all-Philadelphia final here in Atlantic City. The Atlantic 10 should get at least two NCAA bids in Xavier and St. Joseph's with Temple hoping for a win in the finals to punch their ticket.

Big East Season 2007-08 Summary -by Eurobasket
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Regular Season Standings

1 Georgetown 15-3 .833 25-4 .862
2 Notre Dame 14-4 .778 24-6 .800
3 Louisville 14-4 .778 24-7 .774
4 Connecticut 13-5 .722 24-7 .774
5 Marquette 11-7 .611 22-8 .733
6 W.Virginia 11-7 .611 23-9 .719
7 Pittsburgh 10-8 .556 22-9 .710
8 Villanova 9-9 .500 20-11 .645
9 Syracuse 9-9 .500 19-13 .594
10 Cincinnati 8-10 .444 13-17 .433
11 Seton Hall 7-11 .389 17-14 .548
12 Providence 6-12 .333 15-16 .484
13 De Paul 6-12 .333 11-19 .367
14 St.John's 5-13 .278 11-19 .367
15 S.Florida 3-15 .167 12-19 .387
16 Rutgers 3-15 .167 11-20 .355

Tournament Final: Pittsburgh - Georgetown 74-65
Tournament Semifinals:
Pittsburgh - Louisville 76-69
Georgetown - W.Virginia 72-55

All-Big East Tournament MVP: Sam Young (6'6''-F-85) of Pittsburgh

All-Big East 1st Team
Deonta Vaughn (6'1''-G-86) of Cincinnati
Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86) of Connecticut
A.J. Price (6'2''-G-86) of Connecticut
Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86) of Georgetown
David Padgett (6'11''-F/C-85) of Louisville
Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88) of Notre Dame
Kyle McAlarney (6'1''-G-87) of Notre Dame
Sam Young of Pittsburgh
Brian Laing (6'5''-G/F-85) of Seton Hall
Kentrell Gransberry (6'9''-C-85) of USF
Joe Alexander (6'8''-F) of West Virginia


All-Big East 2nd Team
Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87) of Connecticut
Jonathan Wallace (6'1''-G-86) of Georgetown
Draelon Burns (6'4''-G) of DePaul
Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87) of Louisville
Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86) of Marquette
Dominic James (5'11''-G-86) of Marquette
Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of Marquette
Donte Greene (6'9''-F-88) of Syracuse
Paul Harris (6'5''-G-86) of Syracuse
Scottie Reynolds (6'2''-G-87) of Villanova

All-Big East Honorable Mention
Dejuan Blair (6'7''-F-89) of Pittsburgh
Geoff McDermott (6'8''-G/F-87) of Providence
Anthony Mason (6'7''-F-87) of St. John's
Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88) of USF
Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89) of Syracuse

Big East All-Freshman Team
Mac Koshwal (6'10''-C) of DePaul
Dar Tucker (6'5''-F) of DePaul
Austin Freeman (6'4''-G-89) of Georgetown
Dejuan Blair of Pittsburgh
Corey Chandler (6'2''-G) of Rutgers
Justin Burrell (6'8''-F-88) of St. John's
Jeremy Hazell (6'5''-G-86) of Seton Hall
Dominique Jones of USF
Jonny Flynn of Syracuse
Donte Greene of Syracuse
Corey Fisher (6'1''-G-88) of Villanova

All-Big East Player of the Year: Luke Harangody of Notre Dame
All-Big East Defensive Player of the Year: Hasheem Thabeet of Connecticut
All-Big East Co-Freshman of the Year: Dejuan Blair of Pittsburgh and Jonny Flynn of Syracuse
All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year: Sam Young of Pittsburgh
All-Big East Sixth Man of the Year: Patrick Ewing (6'8''-F-84) of Georgetown
All-Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Ted Talkington (6'2''-G) of W.Virginia
All-Big East Sportsmanship Award: Ronald Ramon (6'1''-G-86) of Pittsburgh and Darris Nichols (6'2''-G) of West Virginia
All-Big East Coach of the Year: Mike Brey of Notre Dame



John R. Wooden Award Candidates -by Eurobasket
Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F) of California
D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87) of Texas
Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-G) of Arizona
Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89) of Kansas State
Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87) of UCLA
Stephen Curry (6'0''-G-88) of Davidson
Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'7''-G-87) of Memphis
Shan Foster (6'6''-G/F-86) of Vanderbilt
Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88) of Indiana
Jamont Gordon (6'4''-G/F-87) of Mississippi State
Mike Green (6'1''-G-85) of Butler
Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85) of North Carolina
Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88) of Notre Dame
Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86) of Georgetown
Robbie Hummel (6'8''-G/F-89) of Purdue
Chris Lofton (6'2''-G-86) of Tennessee
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88) of UCLA
O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87) of USC
DeMarcus Nelson (6'4''-G-85) of Duke
A.J. Price (6'2''-G-86) of Connecticut
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88) of Memphis
Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85) of Kansas
Tyler Smith (6'7''-F-86) of Tennessee
D.J. White (6'9''-F-86) of Indiana


Pittsburgh wins Big East Championship! -by Carl Berman

Pittsburgh upset Georgetown tonight 74-65 to win the Big East Championship. Pittsburgh outrebounded Georgetown 41-29 including getting 19 offensive rebounds while limiting Georgetown's three point shooting to 8-24 in the victory. The win exacted revenge for last years' 23 point loss to Georgetown in the tournament final. Pittsburgh was 22 of 44 from the free throw line as Georgetown repeatedly fouled from the three minute mark on to try to get back into the game. Sam Young (6'6''-F-85) scored 16 points for Pittsburgh and was named tournament MVP. Ronald Ramon scored 17 to lead the Panthers. The win was especially sweet for Pittsburgh as five of the Panthers come from the NYC metropolitan area. Roy Hibbert led Georgetown with 17 points while battling foul trouble. Pittsburgh boosted their seeding in the NCAA tourney with the win as Eurobasket projects a 5 seed for them. Georgetown may drop to a 3 seed with the loss. Pittsburgh moves to 26-9 on the season while Georgetown drops to 27-5.


The All-Tournament team besides Sam Young of Pittsburgh included Levance Fields of Pittsburgh, Joe Alexander of West Virginia, Jerel MacNeal of Marquette and Roy Hibbert and Jesse Sapp of Georgetown.



Temple upsets St. Joseph's for A10 Title -by Carl Berman
Temple upset St. Joseph's 69-64 to win the Atlantic 10 tournament title and NCAA bid tonight in Atlantic City. The Owls will return to the NCAA tourney for the first time since 2001. St. Joe's will have to sweat out selection Sunday but Eurobasket has St. Joe's in the tournament. Temple battled back from a 32-25 halftime deficit. Coach Fran Dunphy then inserted 5-7 Chris Clark into the starting lineup for the second half. Clark sparked the Owls on a 16-2 spurt to give them a 41-34 lead that they did not give up. Dionte Christmas (6'5''-G) scored 22 points for Temple and was named MVP. Ahmid Nivins scored 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds for the Hawks. Both teams are now 21-12 on the season. This was a very entertaining tournament and the Atlantic 10, rated the #7 conference in the nation, deserves three NCAA bids.

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NCAA3

D3 National Championships: Elite Eight is set -by Moritz Korff

The defending champion Amherst College captured a 85:77-victory over Richard Stockton College and was the first team to reach the 2008 NCAA Division 3 Elite Eight. The Lord Jeffs will take on Brandeis, that held off Plattsburgh State 74:63, on Saturday, when a trip to the national semis is on the line.
In the game against Stockton Amherst was led by senior-guard Andrew Olson (5'10''-G) who matched his career high with 24 points, shooting 7 out of 9 from the field and 7 out of 7 from the line, and handed out 7 assists. Another Amherst-senior Fletcher Walters (6'7''-F) followed with 20 points, draining 4 shots from beyond the arc, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Jon Greene answered with 16 points and 9 boards in the loss.
Andre Roberson (5'9''-G) scored 20 points to pace the Brandeis Judges in the win over Plattsburgh State. He nailed three treys, Joe Coppens (6'3''-G) hit 4 out of 8 from outside and tallied 16 points totally. Anthony Williams recorded 28 points for Plattsburgh State in defeat.
Coast Guard's cinderella-season continues as the Bears upset Rochester 57:48. Al Sowers was impressive for Coast Guard and led his team with 15 points. Senior Jon Onyiriuka (6'7''-C) posted a double-double (15 pts, 10 rbs) in his final game for Rochester, Robert Dominiak (6'3''-G) had 15 points as well.
Hope College, ranked first in the final Top 25-poll by d3hoops.com, overcame Ohio Wesleyan 81:73. The Flying Dutchman are now facing Wheaton in the Elite Eight that advanced by defeating Whitworth 76:67 thanks to a memorable performance of Kent Raymond (6'3''-G) who scored a career-high 47 points, including 7 out of 10 from beyond the arc and 16 out of 17 from the sharity stripe. Ryan Symes replied with 29 points for Whitworth.
Washington University in St. Louis headed into the Elite Eight by beating Buena Vista 85:77 in overtime. Aaron Thompson chipped in 25 points for the Bears, Andre Wagner had 22 for Buena Vista. Millsaps College - with Edrick Montgomery posting 27 points and 20 rebounds - overcame St, Mary's (Md.) 82:73 and Ursinus knocked off Gettysburg 79:55 to make the next round complete.

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NEW ZEALAND

Bay Hawks post the first win in the season -by Eurobasket News
The Hawkes Bay Hawks registered their first win in the season edging the Manawatu OzJets 101:90 away from home. The hosts get to a better start and piled up a 42:38 advantage at halftime. The league favorites that looked pretty dull in the opener finally pulled together to show some first-class basketball. They accounted for 33 points in the third period to surge ahead. The scoring frenzy continued in the final period at the Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North. But once again the Bay Hawks dominated and finalized an important victory at the end. Kevin Smith (198-F-79, college: Lee) paced the Bay Hawks with 30 points, including 19 in the second half. Paul Henare (182-G-79) contributed 18 points and 7 assists, while Paora Winitana (195-G-76) added 16 for the winners. Kantrail Horton (185-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St.) topscored for the second game in a row. Manawatu's American point guard fired game-high 35 points, but was limited to just 5 points in the fourth period. Keith Davis (198-F-82) had 15 points as Manawatu fell to 0-2 record.
Jason Crowe (193-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: Cal.St. Northridge) propelled Waikato past the Devon Dynamos Taranaki. He tallied a triple-double and the Pistons crushed the Dynamos 96:72 for the second win in the season. Jason Crowe finished with 25 points, 11 boards and 12 assists as the Pistons extended their perfect run at the start of the tournament. Brian Wethers (194-F/G-80, college: California) also was a key factor for Waikato as he dropped game-high 36 points. Waikato accumulated a 46:36 lead at halftime but Taranaki refused to give up. The Dynamos denied the deficit and jumped in front early in the third stanza. But it was a short spark as Waikato quickly restored their lead and never looked back afterwards. Puke Lenden (195-G-80) accounted for 17 points in a win. Keith Salscheider (196-G/F-82, agency: Sports Plus International, college: San Diego Chr.) answered with 19 points for Taranaki. Tony Rampton (213-C-76, college: Iowa St.) and Link Abrams (198-F-73) had 16 points apiece as the Dynamos fell to 1-2 record.


Standings Men
NBL Standings
1. Nelson 3-2
2. Waikato 2-0
3. Harbour Heat 2-1
4. Auckland 2-1
5. Wellington 2-2
6. G&H Hawks 1-1
7. Canterbury 1-1
8. Taranaki 1-2
9. Otago 0-2
10. Manawatu 0-2


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NORWAY

Harstad joins Asker in BLNO Final -by Eurobasket News
Harstad - Tromso 80:72

The Harstad Vikings became the second finalist of the BLNO after they completed the semifinal series against Tromso with a win. Yesterday the Vikings overcame the Storm at the Harstadhallen to claim the Final birth. The series were tied at 1-1 before the game but the home-court advantage proved decisive. The Vikings replied on an aggressive game and support of the home fans to turn out stronger at the end. Harstad jumped out to a 5-point lead after the opening frame 23:18. The Storm stayed close but could not deny the deficit. The hosts maintained the margin and enjoyed a 41:35 lead at halftime. But the complexion of the game changed after the long break. The visitors switched to pressing and limited the Vikings to only 9 points in the third period. It allowed Tromso to grab a 53:50 advantage heading into the fourth period. But it was never enough to upset the home team. Harstad tipped off the fourth period recharged and quickly restored the lead. Jeff Rogers (185-G-73, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: W.Kentucky) paced the home team as they performed some flashing basketball in the fourth term and accounted for 30 points which was too much for Tromso. Harstad ensured the winning outcome and advanced to the BLNO final. Jeff Rogers was outstanding with game-high 28 points, 8 boards, 6 steals and 6 assists. Bjorn Risshall (200-F/C-76, college: Modesto JC) provided 13 points, while Robertas Bitinas (184-G-84) had 12 in a win. Aleksei Karvanen (200-F-74, college: Oklahoma City) answered with 21 points for Tromso. Anthony Williams (203-F-83, agency: AMI, college: Cent.Florida) provided 20 points and 10 boards in a losing effort. The teams were well-matched on the boards 30:30, while the hosts forced Tromso to as many as 18 turnovers. The Vikings were also more accurate from the field converting 47%.

Harstad: Jeff Rogers 28, Bjorn Risshall 13, Robertas Bitinas 12
Tromso: Aleksei Karvanen 21, Anthony Williams 20


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PARAGUAY

National League: Encarnacion is ready. -by Gianni Pascucci
The CPBA (Confederacion Paraguaya de Basquetbol) confirmed that the start of the National League tournment will be on April 25, and that eight teams will participate. Encarnacion, a town located in the South, on the border with Argentina, will be represented by a team named Universal de Encarnacion, winner of the 2007 regional league. The team President, Luis Espinoza, confirmed to local media that his team is negotiating with import players Danny Trapote (201-C-80) and Roberto Amaro (197-F-69), and that conversations are on with some good domestic players to further strengthen the team roster. The home games will be played in Polideportivo del Club Nacional. The Paraguayan fans know that the region of Encarnacion is one of the 'basketball hot beds' of Paraguay, given that most of the best domestic players are original from there.

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PHILIPPINES

Welcoat Signs Ex-U.S. NCAA Behemoth -by Lorenzo Gahol
MANILA - A 208-centimeter behemoth who once destroyed a backboard through a monster dunk in the U.S. collegiate circuit will be the reinforcement of Welcoat Paints in their Philippine Basketball Association campaign next conference. Jason Keep (208-C-78, agency: EM-PA, college: San Diego) was playing for Oklahoma State University in the U.S. NCAA when he shattered a backboard. He will link up with Welcoat's other import, playmaker Cory Santee. 'Keep is an aggressive and strong player. He could run up and down, and his stats in college are quite impressive,' Toronto Raptors player personnel manager Jim Kelly said. J. Malig

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POLAND

Stats Leaders - 1Liga
1 Liga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Celej Znicz 20.67
2.Frankowski Ryb 19.19
3 Kulig Big Star 18.22
4. Pydych Wola 17.72
5. Wojciech MKKS17,60
Rebounds Per Game
1. McNaull Poznań 11.48
2. Metelski 4-YOU 10.25
3. Mis Rzeszow 8.93
4. Wiekiera Poznań 8.19
5. Kulig Big Star 8.04
Assists Per Game
1. Stokłosa Poznań 6.5
2 Baran Rzeszow 6.4
3. Ecka Znicz 6.4
4. Krupa Sokół 5.19
5. Wilczek Zubry 5.08
Steals Per Game
1. Świętoński Wóz 3.0
2. Krupa Sokol 2.6
3. Żytko Sportino 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1. Lisewski Wola 1.85
2. Kulig Big 1.74
3 Mysłowiecki Prok 1,72
2FGP
1. Ochodek MKK 78.26
2. Dudek Politech 72,73
3. Mikołajko Znicz 71,79
3FGP
1. Karczewski Sta 57,14
2. Mokros Poloni 54,55
3. Briegmann Zast 50,00
Free Throws
1. Olczak Star 95.0
2. Sulowski Poznań 93,3
3. Wojciech MKKS 90,6
Ranking
1. McNaull Pozna 24,26
2. Kulig Tychy 21.48
3. Piotr Resovia 20,41
4. Wiekiera Pozna 18,96
5.Tomasz Znicz 17,96


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
1. Zastal ZG 24-3
2. Sportino I. 22-5
3. Sokol L. 22-5
4. Znicz S.J. 20-7
5. Politechnika 19-8
6. Big Star 17-10
7. Resovia 15-12
8. Polonia 2011 14-13
9. Stal SW 13-14
10. Zubry 12-15
11. Siarka T. 10-17
12. Znicz P. 10-17
13. MKKS R. 9-18
14. Prokom Laud. 5-22
15. Tarnovia 2-25
16. Start AZS 2-25


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
1. LKS Lodz 20-5
2. SIDEn 19-6
3. Bonduelle 18-7
4. Astoria 17-8
5. AZS P. W-wa 14-11
6. Rosasport 13-12
7. Mostostal 12-14
8. Legia W. 11-14
9. Norgips 11-14
10. Nowy Dwor Gd. 11-14
11. OSSM Sopot 11-15
12. AZS Kutno 9-16
13. OSSM W-wa 8-17
14. Tur Bielsk Podl. 2-23
Group B
1. Sudety JG 20-5
2. AZS Szczecin 18-7
3. AZS Opole 16-9
4. Pogon P. 16-9
5. MKKS Zabrze 15-10
6. Spojnia S. 15-10
7. AZS Kalisz 14-11
8. Open Basket 14-12
9. Doral-Nysa 13-12
10. AZS Poznan 11-14
11. VB Leasing 9-16
12. UKKS Leszno 8-18
13. Slask II W. 7-18
14. Olimpia L. 0-25
Group C
1. MMKS DG 21-1
2. AZS AWF K-ce 21-2
3. MOSiR Kr. 20-3
4. UMKS K. 16-7
5. Alba 15-8
6. Polonia P. 12-11
7. MCKiS Jaw. 11-12
8. Pogon RS 9-14
9. AZS Radom 6-17
10. Cracovia 6-17
11. HK Zory 6-17
12. Wisla Kr. 6-17
13. Piotrcovia 2-22


DBE Stats Leaders
DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Copeland Polph 19.86
2.Logan Turów 19.29
3.Montgomery Gór 18,71
4.Richardson, Polon 15.7
5.Henderson Anwil 15.6
Rebounds Per Game
1. Hall Polph. 9.09
2. Daniels Kotwica 8.95
3. Bigus Kotwica 8.65
4. Hicks Polpak 8.19
5. Montgomery Górni 7,0
Assists Per Game
1. Bobby Dixon Pol 5.9
2. Rodriguez Turów 5.5
3. Copeland Polph 4.8
4. Atkins Śląsk 4,47
5. Eldridge Basket 4,28
Steals Per Game
1. Dixon Polpak 2.5
2. Daniels Kotwica 2.4
3. Eldridge BPS 2.2
Blocks Per Game
1. Hicks Polpak 2,24
2. Hughes Słupsk 1,50
3. Homan Śląsk 1,33
2FGP
1. Scekić Turów 78.95
2. Łapeta Prokom 76.92
3. Piechowicz Anwil 75,0
3FGP
1. Hicks Kwidzyn 72,73
2. Dylewicz Prok 55.56
3. Goss Koszalin 52.98
Free Throws
1. Fountain Śląsk 100
2. Wagner Prokom 93,3
3. Slanina Prokom 92,31
Ranking
1. Daniels Kotwi 21,69
2. Hicks Polpak 18,28
3. Copeland Polp 17,79
4. Bigus Kotwica 16,85
5. Dixon Polpak 16,68


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PUERTO RICO

Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Island
1. Arecibo 7-2
2. San German 5-3
3. Ponce 4-4
4. Caguas 3-4
5. Guayama 3-5
6. Mayaguez 2-4
Metro
1. Guaynabo 5-2
2. Santurce 5-2
3. Carolina 3-3
4. Fajardo 3-4
5. Bayamon 3-6
6. Humacao 1-5


Boricuas Abroad and BSN Boxscores -by Alessandro Fontana
Criollos de Caguas won against San German, MVP of the game was Ricardo Melendez with 24 pts, to mention also the game of 'Snoop Dogg' Peter John Ramos with 14 pts+11 rebs. Arecibo won against Humacao 90-82, Rodney White was the best player of the game with 31 pts, to mention also the game of Jack Michael Martinez for Humacao, 'El Rey del Rebote' catched 16 rebounds and He scored 24 pts. Ponce won against Mayaguez, for Mayaguez Eddie Casiano played another 'partidazo', 'The Legend' scored 29 pts but It was not enough, Ponce had more and with Curbelo (18 pts), Jones (15 pts) and Aubry (12 pts+16 rebs) won deservedly the game.
BSN BOXSCORES
CAGUAS-SAN GERMAN= 84-72
C= Melendez 24, Bryant 20, Ramos 14 (11 rebs), Konecny 10, Garcia 6 (12 asts), Ortiz 5, McSweeney 3, Martinez 2, Ashby 0
SG= Lazor 17, S. Villegas 12, Alvarado 12, Fuller 9, Torres 8, De Jesus 6, Dyer 4, J. Villegas 4, Mendez 0
ARECIBO-HUMACAO 90-82
A= White 31, Figueroa 20, Hatton 16, Cruz 6, R. Rivera 4, Rosa 4, Rivera 3, Cortes 2, Rosario 2, Ricardo 2, Butler 0
H= Martinez 24 (16 rebs), Nieves 17, Guzman 13, Febres 13, Ayala 6, K. Sanchez 5, R. Sanchez 3, Richards 1, De Jesus 0
MAYAGUEZ- PONCE= 77-83
M= Casiano 29, Jourdon 16, Caballero 12 (12 rebs), Jimenez 7, Moreno 4, Venzen 3, Sanders 3, Zayas 2, Williams 1, Lopez 0
P= Colon 18, Pagan 17, Jones 15, Aubry 12 (16 rebs), Padilla 12, Martinez 4, Colon 3, Latimer 2, Curbelo 0
BORICUAS ABROAD
In NBA, Orlando won against Miami 103-94, for Carlos Arroyo only 10 minutes with 0 pts (0/1 2pts, 0/2 3pts)+2 rebs and 1 asst.
A. Fontana


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ROMANIA

Standings
Div.A Standings
1. CSU Ploies. 19-2
2. CSU Sibiu 18-3
3. Rapid Buc. 14-7
4. UMobitelco 14-7
5. Tg Mures 13-8
6. BCM Tim. 12-9
7. Dinamo Buc. 12-9
8. Gaz Metan M. 12-9
9. BCM Pitesti 10-11
10. CS Otopeni 8-13
11. CSU Brasov 6-15
12. CSM Oradea 3-18
13. Targoviste 3-18
14. Rm Valcea 3-18


Stats Leaders - Men
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. McCullough,MUR 24.6
2. Smith TAR 24.5
3. Djordjic, ORA 21.3
4. Krstanovic, UMOB 21.1
5. Mojica, 19.8
Rebounds Per Game
1. Williams, DIN 14.2
2. Gnjato, PIT 11.2
3. Ambres, BRA 9.8
4. Pantelic, RAP 9.2
5. Krstanovic, UMOB 9.0
Assists Per Game
1. Helcioiu, PIT 7.0
2. Cooley, MUR 6.9
3. Dawson, BRA 6.0
4. Telfer, 4.5
5. Tadic, DIN 4.5
2FGP
1. Stamate, TAR 100
2. Tadic, DIN 90.9
3. Bascoveanu, OTO 81.8
3FGP
1. Cunda, GAZ 69.2
2. Urucatu, DIN 62.5
3. Nixon, OTO 56.8


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SAUDI ARABIA

Lauderdale sigs for Al Halil -by Ali Ahmed
Al Hilal basketball team management agreed terms with the American Center Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) to play for them this season.



Priest is a very good shot blocker, solid in the post. Diffcut to stop him under the basket. Specialist in dunking on his tiptoes.



Awards/Achievements:
FIBA Champions Cup South Conference Champion -02
Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year -03
Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Center of the Year -03, 04
Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Import Player of the Year -03
Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team -03, 04
Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team -03, 04
Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Defensive Team -03, 04
Bulgarian League Regular Season Champion -03, 04
Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2003 Honorable Mention
Bulgarian National Cup Winner -03, 04
Bulgarian League All-Star Game -04
Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Play-Offs Best Player -04
Bulgarian League Champion -03, 04
Bulgarian National Team -04
Bulgarian League Regular Season Champion -05
Arab Club Championships -07 (Bronze)


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SERBIA

Stats Leaders - 1A
A league Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Marković Dragan 24.9
2 Vuksanović Vladi 21.1
3 Stanojević Jovo 20.8
4 Bocka Miljan 19.6
5 Ilić Nikola 19.5
5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Stanojević Jovo 5.8
2 Mirkovic Uros 5.6
3 Piplović Marko 5.5
4 Radenković Mirosla 5.5
5 Petrović Vladimir 5.2
Assists Per Game
1 Bocka Miljan 5.4
2 Popovic Marko 4.8
3 Pesic Radovan 4.7
4 Aleksic Vukasin 4.7
5 Pištoljević Nenad 4.4
Steals Per Game
1 Bocka Miljan 2.7
2 Dzambic Rade 2.5
3 Stanojević Jovo 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Bjegović Millan 1.4
2 Lucic Uros 1.0
3 Nikolic Uros 1.0
2FGP
1 Vreća Igor 100.0
2 Arsić Nemanja 100.0
3 Trivunović Mitar 100.0
3FGP
1 Charles Christien 100.0
2 Lacković Ivan 100.0
3 Radosavljević 100.0
Free Throws
1 Martinic Goran 92.1 %
2 Djapa Dalibor 90.6 %
3 Markovic Radov 89.3 %
Ranking
1 Stanojević Jovo 29.4
2 Ilic Nikola 26.2
3 Markovic Dragan 21.6
4 Bocka Miljan 20.4
5 Nikolić Uroš 20.4


Stats Leaders - 1B
1B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Micevic Nikola 531
2 Gagović Vuksan 468
3 Teodosic Jovan 468
4 Mihajlović Saša 449
5 Djurović Borislav 448
Rebounds Per Game
1 Micevic Nikola 205
2 Gagović Vuksan 168
3 Djurović Borislav 154
4 Marković Bojan 150
4 Glisić Marko 150
Assists Per Game
1 Marković Bojan 141
2 Jovičić Bojan 126
3 Teodosić Jovan 81
4 Pilčević Radenko 75
5 Dzeverdanovic Niko 69
2FGP
1 Petrović Nemanja 100
1 Mirkovic Vladan 100
1 Rudić Marko 100
3FGP
1 Baltić Uroš 100
1 Dragović Radovan 100
1 Vukonjanski Dejan 100
Free Throws
1 Jakovljević Miloš 100
2 Kovačević Dejan 100
3 Bunghart Igor 100


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SLOVAKIA

Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
1. Pezinok 27-6
2. Inter Brat. 23-10
3. Nova Ves 21-12
4. Svit 20-13
5. Lucenec 20-13
6. Handlova 17-16
7. Nitra 16-17
8. Komarno 15-18
9. Levice 14-19
10. Prievidza 13-20
11. Dolny Kubin 7-26
12. Kosice TU 5-28


Vince Polakovic topscorer for USF against Santa Clara -by Jakub Krivan
17 points from Vince Polakovic (203-F-84, college: N.Iowa) were not enough to avoid loss 50-51 against Santa Clara. This loss means that USF's run in the 2008 West Coast Conference Tournament ended. The USF senior from Bratislava, Slovakia finished this season with really big numbers:
he spend in average more than 30 minutes on the pitch, scoring 17.3 points/game (almost 50 % 3 point percentage) and averiging 4.6 rebounds.
On the beginning of the season Vince was suspended for 24 games by the NCAA for circumstances stemming from his participation with a German national team in 2004, but after his return to the team he became one of the USF leaders.


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SOUTH KOREA

LG Sakers Samsung Thunders & KT&G Fall As KCC Wins -by Rick Ross

With Just Only 4 Games Remaining On Tap and most Teams Looking
For The Play-Off Position Except For Dongbu Promy who has The Number 1 Spot Locked,
LG Sakers Lose 84-72 to SK Knights who is seeking a play-off Birth,

Samsung Thunders who was currently in the 2nd Spot Losses To KTF 85-69
KTF has no chance of making the Play-Off's but moves Samsung Out of 2nd place and
KCC moves in 2nd place with 3 games On Tap,

KT&G takes a lost to ET BlackSlam 80-75 as ET BlackSlam Looks for its 1st Visit to the Play-Offs
In a Long Long Time, SK Knights and ET BlackSlam will probably battle for the 6th and Final Spot
Of the 6 team Play-Offs In the Quest For the 2008 Korean Basketball League Champions.

See Early addition of The KBL Championship Stage Is Near Set
......!



The KBL Championship Stage Is Near Set -by Rick Ross

1st Round

On March 29th Sat 4th Vs 5th Place Team 4th Team Home Court Advantage
On March 30th Sun 3rd Vs 6th Place Team 3rd Team Home Court Advantage
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2nd Round

On April 5th Sat 1st Vs 4th Or 5th Place Team 1st Team Home Court Advantage
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3rd Round and Finals

On April 17th Thur 1st 4th 5th Vs 2nd 3rd Or 6th Place Team Highest Standing Team Home Court Advantage
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On April 27th Sun 1st 4th 5th Vs 2nd 3rd Or 6th Place Team Highest Standing Team Home Court Advantage
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Standings
KBL Standings
1. Dongbu 37-13
2. KCC 31-19
3. Samsung 30-20
4. LG 29-22
5. KT&G 29-22
6. ET 27-24
7. SK 25-25
8. KTF 22-29
9. Mobis 13-38
10. Orions 10-41


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SPAIN

Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
1. Zaragoza 19-5
2. Bruesa 19-5
3. Alicante 18-6
4. Leche Rio 15-9
5. Rosalia 14-10
6. Plus Pujol 14-10
7. La Laguna 13-11
8. Tenerife 13-11
9. Los Barrios 12-12
10. Melilla 11-13
11. L Hospitalet 10-14
12. Huelva 10-14
13. Cantabria 9-15
14. Palma Aqua 9-15
15. Burgos 9-15
16. Basquetinca 8-16
17. Aguas Gandia 8-16
18. La Palma 5-19


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SWEDEN

Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
1. Plannja 23-9
2. Sundsvall 23-9
3. Solna 22-10
4. Sodertalje 19-13
5. 08 18-14
6. Oresundskraft 16-16
7. Uppsala 16-16
8. Norrkoping 14-18
9. Boras/Marbo 14-18
10.Jamtland 11-21
11.Akropol 8-24
12.Gothia Basket 8-24


Plannja and Sundsvall leave Solna Vikings behind -by Eurobasket News
Plannja and Sundsvall improved to 23-9 in Swedish league and left Solna Vikings behind as the latter lost to Jamtland. In all four games last night the hosts dominated in the court.
Plannja Basket and 08 Stockholm Human Rights showed offensive basketball in the court of the leader. Trailing 28:29 and then 3 points at the half the hosts found the power to reply. A 30:19 in the last quarter was a good comeback to the game. Plannja Basket won the encounter 118:104 as Hakan Larsson (184-G-74) top-scored with 27 points. John Rosendahl nailed 26, whilst Terry Williams posted 19. Jeremiah Johnson (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) had a very fascinating game for the guests making 35 points.
Sundsvall Dragons had an easier game against Borĺs Basket, 95:73. in the opening quarter the visitors however stayed close and trailed 26:25. After 25:10 in the second period the favorites led the game to the winning end. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: N.Arizona) produced 23 points to lead all the scorers. Pero Vasiljevic chipped in 21 and Srdan Subotic had 14. Michael Kingma (210-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) ended up with 19 points in defeat.
Solna Vikings lost to Jamtland 96:88 after 26:17 in the first quarter. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) was the best for the hosts with 27 points and Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) had 22 for the guests. Norrkoping Dolphins overcame Akropol Basket 116:78 as George Gervin shone with 29 points.

Plannja Basket - 08 Stockholm Human Rights 118 - 104 (28 - 29, 27 - 29, 33 - 27, 30 - 19)
Plannja: Hakan Larsson 27, John Rosendahl 26, Terry Williams 19, Oladapo Ayuba 19, Fred Drains 16, Jim Enbom 9, Albert Burditt 2.
08 Stockholm: Jeremiah Johnson 35, Johan Westerlund 20, Joakim Blom 16, Nashid Beard 14, Davorin Dalipagic 12, Mattias Goransson 3, Viktor Bengtsson 2, Darly Massamba 2.

Jamtland - Solna Vikings 96 - 88 (26 - 17, 22 - 19, 21 - 26, 27 - 26)
Jamtland: Andrew Mitchell 27, Sailius Dumbliauskas 20, Tim Whitworth 13, Stefan Hellgren 11, Marko Djuric 9, Erik Westin 8, Anton Sawstrom 6, Bjorn Larsson-Hillgren 2.
Solna: Rudy Mbemba 22, Nils Hedstrom 18, Brandon McKnight 13, Bilal Salaam 11, Martin Pahlmblad 9, Peter Bogner 6, Lesli Myrthil 5, Mohamed Neffati 4.

Sundsvall Dragons - Borĺs Basket 95 - 73 (26 - 25, 25 - 10, 21 - 18, 23 - 20)
Sundsvall: Joakim Kjellbom 23, Pero Vasiljevic 21, Srdan Subotic 14, Adam Alexander 12, Michael Palm 6, Calle Arnold 6, Alex Wesby 4, Martin Engstrom 4, Per Hultman-Boye 3, Lukasz Fafara 2.
Borĺs: Michael Kingma 19, Jonas Larsson 11, Dennis Springs 11, Simon Andreasen 9, Christopher Anrin 8, Henrik Carlsson 4, Christoffer Almstrand 4, Tim Hĺkansson 4, Andreas Carlsson 3.

Norrkoping Dolphins - Akropol Basket 116 - 78 (33 - 25, 26 - 15, 34 - 21, 23 - 17)
Norrkoping: George Gervin 29, Conor Grace (205-F-82, college: Davidson) 18, Andrew Pleick 16, Ian Johnson 15, Stefan Grundberg 15, Jesper Andersson 8, Anton Saks 5, Kristian Jonsson 4, Jerome Stancil 2, Fredrik Rauge 2, Marcus Davidsson 2.
Akropol: Torey-Jamal Thomas 20, Blerim Mazreku 16, Gerald Riley 14, David Randa 9, Yasin Merzoug 6, Michell Rocque 6, Diamantis Koukouvinos 3, David Hoffner 2, Athanasios Kalpakas 2.


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SWITZERLAND

Stats Leaders - LNB
LNB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Dosic, KOR Z 26.9
2. Mrkonjic, BBC 24.1
3. Chambers, VER 21.9
4. Lewis, MAS 18.1
5. Kaiser, NEU 18.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Ristic, PUL 16.2
2. Morris, NEU 12.0
3. Chambers, VER 12.0
4. Dosic, KOR Z 11.7
5. Toure, BER 9.7
Assists Per Game
1. Gothuey, CHN 6.7
2. Cheren, PUL 5.1
3. Lazarevic, BER 4.3
4. Lewis, MAS 4.3
5. Mrkonjic, BBC 3.6
Ranking
1. Dosic, KOR Z 29.3
2. Ristic, PUL 27.2
3. Chambers, VER 25.5
4. Lewis, MAS 23.1
5. Toure, BER 21.5


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TURKEY

Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
1. Besiktas 19-5
2. Efes P. 17-6
3. T.Telekom 16-8
4. Fenerbahce 16-8
5. Galatasaray 16-8
6. Antalya 15-8
7. Karsiyaka 14-10
8. Kepez Bld 11-13
9. Mersin 10-14
10. TED Koleji 10-14
11. Banvitspor 9-15
12. Oyak Renault 8-15
13. Alpella 8-15
14. Selcuk Uni. 8-16
15. Beykoz 7-17
16. Darussafaka 6-18


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U.KINGDOM

Standings - EBL2
EBL2 Standings
1. Cardiff C. 15-2
2. Teeside M. 15-3
3. Birmingh.U. 13-6
4. Aston A. 12-6
5. Northumbria 11-9
6. Leicester W. 10-9
7. Northampton 9-9
8. Plymouth MC 8-9
9. Plymouth II 6-12
10. Kent C. 5-13
11. NEWI N. 4-15
12. Wolverham. 2-17


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL.

Maloney Wins Class L Title -by David Edole
STORRS - Senior Rashamell Vereen scored 22 points as Maloney-Meriden, shaking off the disappointment of losing in last year's final, beat Lyman Hall-Wallingford 54-46 Saturday to win the CIAC Class L boys basketball title Saturday at Gampel Pavilion.

The Spartans first took control with an 11-1 run at the start of the second quarter. Lyman Hall, playing steady and fundamentally sound, stayed close, responding whenever Maloney opened a lead.

Lyman Hall's Jim Econompoulos hit a three-point basket to bring the Trojans back within four points late. But Maloney held on and Vereen's steal with 2:24 left ended the Lyman Hall rally. Shoquan Stevens (198-F-90) hit two free throws with 1:34 left to put Maloney ahead by nine.

Economopoulos (11 points) and Dan Wiedmann (14) continued to hit from three-point range in the final minute, forcing Maloney to make its free throws down the stretch. Kevin Ruiz hit two with 14 seconds left to seal it.

Vereen scored seven points in the third quarter, which proved to be the decisive stretch, with Maloney moving in front for good.

Johrone Bunch scored 14 for sixth-seeded Maloney (21-6). Stephen Reyes had 13 rebounds. The Spartans were unbeaten heading into last year's Class L final before losing to Weaver-Hartford.

By DOM AMORE | The Hartford Courant


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URUGUAY

The transfers began for the next League -by Hector Lopez
Just one week after the Uruguayan League 2007 was finished, and with five month to go for the next one, three teams began recruiting players. Gaston Paez (206-C/F-79), a memeber of the National team was hired by Hebraica Macabi, thas runner up. Paez had last season a 7.9 ppg, and 6.5 rpg. Luis Silveira (190-G/F-71), also a NT member, renewed his contract with Atenas. He had a 12.3 ppg 6.1 rpg and 3.0 apg. For Tabare signed Gonzalo Caneiro (181-G-71) ((7-.3 ppg, and 4.2 apg) and Johnny Rodriguez (197-F/C-83) (13.8 ppg 4.8 rpg1.7 apg).

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WABA

Al Riyadi Beirut - Champions of WABA for Clubs 2008 -by Mohammed Malas

- Final Game:

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (LEB) 83 - Saba Battery (IRI) 82 (Qs: 17-18, 32-35, 57-56, 77-77 & OT: 83-82)

# Best performance:
* Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut:
Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) (24 pts, 10 reb, 3 ast)
Omar Turk (186-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) (19 pts, 3 stl, 7 reb)
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) (17 pts, 4 ast)
Joe Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) (14 pts, 13 reb) 'Scored the winner 2pts of Riyadi'
* Saba Battery:
Hamed Eslamieh (189-G-83) (23 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl)
Omar Sneed (203-F/C-76, college: Memphis) (17 pts, 3 stl, 9 reb)
Mike Jones (196-G-75, college: TCU) (14 pts, 5 ast)
Hamed Hadadi (218-C-85, agency: Huss Sport Agency) (14 pts, 14 reb)

- Third place game:

Petrochimi Imam Harbour (IRI) 70 - Zain (JOR) 60 (Qs: 18-17, 33-27, 52-43 & 70-60)

# Best performance:
* Petrochimi Imam Harbour:
Tony Madison (190-G-71, agency: China-Hoop, college: New Orleans) (23 pts, 5 ast)
Javad Davari (185-G-83) (19 pts, 4 ast, 7 reb)
Art Long (206-F/C-73, college: Cincinnati) (12 pts, 4 stl, 2 ast)
* Zain:
Islam Abbas (201-C-80) (21 pts, 2 stl)
Soumaila Samake (215-C-78, agency: CAA Sports) (14 pts, 20 reb)

- Fifth place game:

Orthodox (JOR) 70 - Al Ittihad Aleppo (SYR) 66 (Qs: 20-17, 40-35, 57-48 & 70-66)

# Best performance:
* Orthodox:
Chris Campbell (194-G/F-81, agency: 011 Sports, college: Harding) (20 pts, 2 stl)
Kelly Wise (208-F-80, college: Memphis) (16 pts, 18 reb)
* Al Ittihad Aleppo:
Jay Joseph (193-G-82, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: NC-Greensboro) (24 pts)
Tyrone Washington (208-C/F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) (14 pts, 13 reb)






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Women News

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AFR.CHAMPS (W) - Women

Ruiz looks to strengthen Mali roster ahead of Beijing -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Africa champion, Mali's women national team may have some new faces in their team when the African champions travel to the Beijing Games.

The country qualified for the Olympics after securing a 63-56 victory over hosts Senegal last September at the 20th FIBA Africa Championship for Women.

Tasting success in his first experience in Africa, Mali coach Jose Ruiz is hungry for more and he's planning on bolstering the squad with some talented youngsters.

'At least eight players who were in Senegal last year will remain in the team,' the Spain-born French national told FIBA website recently.

'Our final preparation will start in June, somewhere in Europe, but before it I will be working with young players that I expect to take to the Olympics.'

'They will have the chance to learn and improve with that international event.

'I think that winning the Africa Championship was a major psychological boost for our future.'

Mali's achievement shocked the basketball establishment because they beat the mega-favorites 'Lions' on their own soil. Not surprised was the 53-year-old Ruiz.

Mali lost to Senegal at the group stage of the tournament but the final was a different story.

'It was not easy to defeat Senegal at home,' Ruiz said. 'We lost first game, but we were clever enough to beat them in the final game. We studied Senegal's weak points, and we made it.

'Senegal played a very good defensive game throughout the tournament, but our counter-attack option helped us a lot.

'Our team was well-prepared. My players showed a great determination to win. Their ambition was very clear in their eyes.'

Mali are the only African side to have secured a spot for Beijing Women basketball event.

Senegal and Africa's bronze medalists Angola will play at the Pre-Olympic Tournament in Spain in June.

Ruiz believes that Africa's teams have enough resources to face the big teams.

'Well, seven or eight Africans I saw in the Africa Championship are good enough to play at a high-level.

'Together, they could play neck-neck to a giant like Russia for example.'

Gambrinus Brno's Hamchetou Maiga is Mali's key-player, but Ruiz believes that his side is well served with talents spread all over Europe and the United States.

'Yes, Hamchetou is a great player who helps us very much due to her experience in the WNBA and Europe. We also have Diwara Nare [drafted in 2007 in 30th by San Antonio Silvers]. Alongside them are quite good players in France.'

Jose Ruiz never hesitated when asked if he would like to coach Mali.

Born in Spain, he has lived in France for more than 30 years. Malian officials approached him last year to offer him the job and he quickly accepted.

'I already knew a few African players here,' he said. 'Knowing their quality and determination to work, I accepted it.

'Now, I will be at the Olympics, which is an opportunity that any sportsman/woman would like to live.

'We are conscious that any world giant may cross our road. We will be humble enough to play our game'

'We expect to play as well in Beijing as we played in Senegal last year. If that happens, it will be another incentive for Malian basketball.'


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CZECH REP. - Women

Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
A1
1. Gambrinus 20-0
2. USK Praha 17-3
3. Karlovy Vary 12-8
4. Valosun B. 11-9
A2
1. Trutnov 11-9
2. Hradec Kralove 11-9
3. Sparta Praha 10-10
4. Tabor 4-16
5. Strakonice 3-17
6. Usti n/Labem 1-19


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DENMARK - Women

Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lini Sisu 22.3
2 Loyd Falcon 18.5
3 Jensen Hors. 17.8
4 Preetzmann, Aby 17.7
5 Kruuse Ama 16,7
Rebounds Per Game
1 OHara Vitus 12.6
2 Freil Amager 11.8
3 Lini Sisu 9.0
4 Kruuse Ama 8.8
5 Duelund Virum 8.4
Assists Per Game
1 Freil Amager 7.2
2 Mandakova Sisu 5.2
3 Mocikat Vitus 4.6
4 Sorensen Virum 3.3
5 Thorius Horsholm 3.1


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ESTONIA - Women

Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
1. TLU/Volta 19-3
2. Tall.Living 18-5
3. Tallinna Kalev 14-9
4. BC Star 9-13
5. Tartu 4-18
6. Audentes 3-19


Tallinna Kalev wins 5 in a row in Meistriliiga -by Eurobasket News
Tallinna Kalev exploded with an impressive winning run to close the gap on the leaders in Estonian Meistriliiga. The Tallinn outfit won 5 straight games and closed the gap on Tallinna Living to 4 wins. The run included a road win over Tallinna Living 77:70. Lina Aglinskaite (181-F/C-87) fired 22 points in that game to pace Kalev. Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) contributed 18 points and 16 boards for the winners. Tallinna Living managed to answer with 17 points from Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90).
Kalev then upset Tartu and BC Star to improve to 14-9 record. Lina Aglinskaite was impressive as she tallied 28 points and 7 boards against BC Star. Kedru Arbet also came up with a sizzling performance to deliver 30 points and 12 boards to sink BC Star. Joanna Barnes (180-F-83, college: American) answered with 15 points for BC Star as they fell to 9-13 record.
Meanwhile TLU/Volta strengthened their leading position. They drove to back-to-back stunning victories recently and climbed to 19-3 record atop of the ladder. First the league leaders stormed past Audentes 122:45. Six TLU/Volta players scored in double figures. Jana Rannaveski (172-G-87) led the action with 27 points. Ashley Wallace (183-C-85, college: Pace) and Aleksandra Skorohhodova (182-F-87) drained 21 points apiece in a win. Solveig Keskula (180-F-92) had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Audentes in a loss. Later TLU/Volta hosted Tartu and swoop them down 121:53. Ashley Wallace and Heila Rosenfeldt (172-G-83) drained 22 points apiece for the winners. Gerly Kostla (177-G-80) chipped in 20 for the hosts. Tartu fell to 4-18 record despite 14 points and 6 rebounds from Laina Mesila (182-G-87).


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FINLAND - Women

SM-SARJA: Espoo Team and YMCA Helsinki win -by Rauno Hurmalainen
SM-sarja, Quarter-Finals, Game 1: YMCA Helsinki - BC Nokia 73-53 (40-28). (Laura Toivonen (171-G-77) 20, Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) 17/11 - Tiia Huuhka (175-F-86) 10, Sherry McCracklin (188-F/C-83, college: UNLV) 9). YMCA Helsinki leads 1-0. Espoo Team - Huima (Aanekoski) 73-70 (39-34). (Siiri Nuutinen (188-F-83) 21/10, Kaisa Hook (173-G-81) 16, Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) 16 - Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans) 28/10, Crystal Erwin (188-F-85, college: Notre Dame) 18). Espoo Team leads 1-0. The next games on Sunday, March 16. The third games on Tuesday, March 18 (if needed).

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FRANCE - Women

LFB round 19: No Surprises this weekend -by Leslie Anderson

Bourges draw closer to the regular season title as they overcame Reims to stay top of the table. USVO had another difficult game but clutch three-point shooting saw them through against Saint Amand.


A first period blitz saw Montpellier hold of Mourenx.


Defeats for Reims and Mondeville this weekend has pushed Villeneuve into contention for a top 4 finish.


Challes-les Eaux hold of Calais inn a tight finish , while Tarbes fall at Clermont-Ferrand.

Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) leads Aix over Arras, while Villeneuve had no problem in beating Villeneuve.



Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
1. Bourges 19-0
2. USVO 15-3
3. Montpellier 14-5
4. Mondeville 11-7
5. Clermont 10-9
6. Reims 10-9
7. Villeneuve 9-9
8. Challes 9-10
9. St Amand 8-10
10. Pays d Aix 7-12
11. Tarbes 6-13
12. Arras 5-13
13. COB Calais 5-14
14. Mourenx 2-16


Standings - NF1 (Women) -by Eurobasket News
NF1 Standings
1. Nantes 18-4
2. Charleville 16-6
3. Landes 16-6
4. Armentieres 16-6
5. Dunkerque 14-8
6. Nice 11-8
7. Avenir de Rennes 11-11
8. Lot-et-Garonne 11-11
9. Strasbourg 11-11
10. Limoges 10-12
11. La Roche-sur-Lion 10-12
12. CFBB 9-13
13. Voiron 6-16
14. Lyon 6-16
15. Pleyber Christ 5-17
16. Marseillais 5-17


LFB Stats Leaders
LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 MOSH ARRAS 17.8
2 BASKO LATTES 17.6
3 DALEY LATTES 16.5
4 DAVENPORT CHA16.1
5 KRAWCZYK CLE 15.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 BUTLER FERR 9.9
2 STANSBURY SAI 9.3
3 OHLDE VALENC 8.6
4 JACKSON CHAL 8.5
5 THOMAS ARRAS 7.8
Assists Per Game
1 AUBERT MONDE 8.1
2 WAMBE ASCQ 7.3
3 DUMERC BOU 5.8
4 MOISES LATTES 5.1
5 BONNAN LATTES 4.4
Steals Per Game
1 MOORE SAINT 3.9
2 LUPTAKOVA LES 3.1
3 NEVES CLER 2.8
2FGP
1 DAVENPORT 64.0
2 DIJON LATTES 61.9
3 MARIE SY REIM 61.7
3FGP
1 DEAS ARRAS 63.2
2 KOEHN VALEN 60.9
3 DEVAUX MOURE 54.5
Ranking
1 AUBERT MOND 18.9
2 BASKO LATTES 18.7
3 STANSBURY LES 17.6
4 LUPTAKOVA CH 17.4
5 DAVENPORT CH17.2


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IRELAND - Women

Stats Leaders Superleague
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. ONeill, UL 25.6
2. Strong, COR 21.4
3. Aspell, WIL 20.5
4. Fox, DCU 19.2
5. McKeirnan, ROV 18.8
Rebounds Per Game
1. McKeirnan, ROV 15.8
2. ONeill, UL 13.3
3. McDaniel, UL 11.5
4. McNamara, WIL 11.0
5. Carrick, KIL 10.2
Assists Per Game
1. Sullivan, KIL 3.5
2. Walsh, COR 2.9
3. Peat, DCU 2.8
4. Maguire, DCU 2.4
5. Aspell, WIL 2.3
Steals Per Game
1. Truncale, MET 3.4
2. Malcolm, KIL 3.0
3. Walsh, COR 2.6
Blocks Per Game
1. Truncale, MET 2.1
2. McDaniel, UL 2.0
3. McNamara, WIL 1.5


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LATVIA - Women

Stats Leaders - Women
LSBL Stats Leaders Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Tillis (TTT) 20.0
Ozolina (Rapa) 19.8
Okonkvo (Cesis) 19.3
Niedola (Liepaja) 18.5
Malkevica (Rapa) 18.4
Rebounds Per Game
Niedola (Liepaja) 11.8
Vitola (Riga) 10.3
Crockett (Cesis) 10.3
Okonkvo (Cesis) 10.2
Kityzina (TTT) 10.0
Assists Per Game
Ose-Hlebovicka (Kl.) 5.9
Derevjanik (Cesis) 5.3
Eibele (Avantis) 4.6
Z.Eglite (TTT) 4.3
Tare (TTT) 3.7
Steals Per Game
Z.Eglite (TTT) 3.5
Okonkvo (Cesis) 3.5
Babkina (TTT) 3.3
Blocks Per Game
Vitola (Riga) 3.6
Gailite (TTT/Rapa) 1.9
Kityzina (TTT) 1.8
Ranking
Okonkvo (Cesis) 27.4
Kityzina (TTT) 23.8
Niedola (Liepaja) 22.8


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
1. Cesis 27-0
2. Avantis T. 19-10
3. RTU/Klond. 17-12
4. Liepajas met. 16-12
5. TTT Riga 14-1
6. TTT/Rapa 14-15
7. Ridzene 10-19
8. SK Riga 5-25
9. LU/US 0-28


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LEBANON - Women

Lebanese League - Round 2 of the Final 4 -by Raffi Kassabian
In the second round of the lebanese league Final 4 (semi final round), Antranik Beirut won against Champville with the score 54-37 and is now leading the series 2-0. In the second semi final series, Riyadi Beirut won their game away from home against Homenetmen Antelias with the score 63-53. The series is now tied 1-1. In the third round of the Final 4 Antranik Beirut will host Champville and a win will see them reach the final round, while Riyadi Beirut hosts Homenetmen Antelias and whatever is the result of this game there will be a fourth game between the two sides.

Lebanese Basketball Championship Semi Final Round - Results

Champville - Antranik Beirut 37-54
Homenetmen Antelias - Riyadi Beirut 53-63
Homenetmen Antelias: Alek Tabakian 13, Leila Fares 11, Nathalie Sevajian 10, Sandra Najem 9, Sanan Markarian 6, Caroline Moufarej 4.
Riyadi Beirut: Emma Eskidjian 25, Talar Margossian 16, Maya Al Ashkar 10, Sabine Fakhoury 8, Mayssa Fneish 3, Wadad Mougharbel 1.


Schedule

15/3/2008 Antranik Beirut vs Champville
16/3/2008 Riyadi Beirut vs Homenetmen Antelias


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LITHUANIA - Women

Jurgita Kausaite wins the regular season with her team -by Eurobasket News
Jurgita Kausaite (178-G/F-70, college: Emporia St.) and her Solna Vikings finished the regular season with a 78:59 victory over 08 Stockholm and clinched the top spot in the Damligan regular season in Sweden. They claimed 20 victories and overcame Telge that ended with a 19-3 record at the second place.
Just 5 days after the end of the regular season the quarterfinal stage got under way. The first four teams were comprised for a quarterfinal group and would fight for three spots available in the playoffs. Solna tipped off the stage with a 77:58 victory over Lulea. The Vikings stunned the visitors with a 24:9 first frame and seemed to be comfortably ahead. But Lulea Basket replied with 24:10 strike in the second period and trimmed the difference to just a single point at halftime. Solna however recovered in the second half and proved the strength due to an impressive performance from Jurgita Kausaite. She notched 25 points, 8 boards and 3 steals to lead the hosts. Katarina Andersson added 13 points for the winners. Frida Aili had 14 points and 4 assists for Lulea. Leah Rush and Brittany Wilkins scored 12 points apiece in defeat.
In the second game Solna Vikings had a road win over 08 Stockholm HR 60:65 trailing 17:14 after the opening quarter. Solna Vikings exploded in the second quarter producing 9:26 and benefiting from the game. Elisabeth Egnell and Anna Hoglund paced the winners with 16 points each. Jurgita Kausaite ended up with 3 points.


Stats Leaders - LMKL
LMKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Aglinskaite Ruta 21
2. Staugaitiene Le 17.7
3. Petronyte TEO 16.7
4. Sales TEO 15.7
5. Jutelyte Laisve 15.2
Rebounds Per Game
1.Petronyte TEO 10.0
2 .Balciunaite Atletas 9.0
3. Bills Arvi 8.5
4. Jutelyte Lai 7.9
5. Moore Arvi 7.6
Assists Per Game
1. Sauliute Arvi 3.6
2. Rinkeviciute Arvi 3.6
3. Haynie TEO 3.5
4. Zygelyte Lemmi 3.3
5. Nikonovaite Lais 3.1
Steals Per Game
1.Balciunaite Atleta 4.0
2. Haynie TEO 3.3
3 Naideniene Lemm 3.2
Blocks Per Game
1. Petronyte TEO 2.0
2. Aleksaite Egle 1.3
3. Paugaite Arvi 1.3
2FGP
1. Petronyte TEO 61.6
2. Valuzyte TEO 58.2
3. Jutelyte Laisve 54.0
3FGP
1 Sauliute Arv 51.5
2 Sales TEO 41.5
3 Brovkiene Lai 39.8
Free Throws
1. Marmiene Lais 85.9
2. Nikonovaite Lai 85.7
3. Aglinskaite Rut 84.9


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MALI - Women

Ruiz looks to strengthen Mali roster ahead of Beijing -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Africa champion, Mali's women national team may have some new faces in their team when the African champions travel to the Beijing Games.

The country qualified for the Olympics after securing a 63-56 victory over hosts Senegal last September at the 20th FIBA Africa Championship for Women.

Tasting success in his first experience in Africa, Mali coach Jose Ruiz is hungry for more and he's planning on bolstering the squad with some talented youngsters.

'At least eight players who were in Senegal last year will remain in the team,' the Spain-born French national told FIBA website recently.

'Our final preparation will start in June, somewhere in Europe, but before it I will be working with young players that I expect to take to the Olympics.'

'They will have the chance to learn and improve with that international event.

'I think that winning the Africa Championship was a major psychological boost for our future.'

Mali's achievement shocked the basketball establishment because they beat the mega-favorites 'Lions' on their own soil. Not surprised was the 53-year-old Ruiz.

Mali lost to Senegal at the group stage of the tournament but the final was a different story.

'It was not easy to defeat Senegal at home,' Ruiz said. 'We lost first game, but we were clever enough to beat them in the final game. We studied Senegal's weak points, and we made it.

'Senegal played a very good defensive game throughout the tournament, but our counter-attack option helped us a lot.

'Our team was well-prepared. My players showed a great determination to win. Their ambition was very clear in their eyes.'

Mali are the only African side to have secured a spot for Beijing Women basketball event.

Senegal and Africa's bronze medalists Angola will play at the Pre-Olympic Tournament in Spain in June.

Ruiz believes that Africa's teams have enough resources to face the big teams.

'Well, seven or eight Africans I saw in the Africa Championship are good enough to play at a high-level.

'Together, they could play neck-neck to a giant like Russia for example.'

Gambrinus Brno's Hamchetou Maiga is Mali's key-player, but Ruiz believes that his side is well served with talents spread all over Europe and the United States.

'Yes, Hamchetou is a great player who helps us very much due to her experience in the WNBA and Europe. We also have Diwara Nare [drafted in 2007 in 30th by San Antonio Silvers]. Alongside them are quite good players in France.'

Jose Ruiz never hesitated when asked if he would like to coach Mali.

Born in Spain, he has lived in France for more than 30 years. Malian officials approached him last year to offer him the job and he quickly accepted.

'I already knew a few African players here,' he said. 'Knowing their quality and determination to work, I accepted it.

'Now, I will be at the Olympics, which is an opportunity that any sportsman/woman would like to live.

'We are conscious that any world giant may cross our road. We will be humble enough to play our game'

'We expect to play as well in Beijing as we played in Senegal last year. If that happens, it will be another incentive for Malian basketball.'


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PORTUGAL - Women

Standings - Women
Liga Feminina Standings
1. Olivais 19-2
2. Alges 16-4
3. Vagos 15-5
4. B.Viagem 15-6
5. ESSA/Barreiro 15-6
6. CAB Mad. 14-7
7. CPN-Transduo 9-12
8. Uniao Mad. 8-13
9. Santarem 4-16
10. Esgueira 4-16
11. CD Povoa 4-17
12. Ovarense 1-20


Latest results -by Eurobasket News
Round 22 brought a derby between the first and the fourth teams of the league Olivais and B.Viagem. The latter needed a win probably more than the favorites and overcame them 55:61 on a road. B.Viagem improved to 15-6 and shares the 3-5 places. Olivais stays on top with 19-2 and win the regular season overall. Vagos and Alges had a nother battle of the round where Alges had 55:63 victory. In another games ESSA/Barreiro beat Uniao 55:77 away from home, CD Povoa upset Ovarense 55:59 also on a road and CP Natacao joined them with 62:74 over Esgueira. CAB Mad. beat at home Santarem 80:71.

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ROMANIA - Women

Standings - Women
D1 Standings
1. Arad 19-1
2. Sibiu 18-2
3. Alexandria 15-5
4. Rapid 13-7
5. Cluj Napoca 13-7
6. S.Studentesc 12-8
7. Govora 11-9
8. Oradea 8-12
9. Iasi 5-15
10. Olimpia 3-17
11. Targoviste 2-18
12. Dej 1-19


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SERBIA - Women

Standings - Women
A League Standings
1. Hemofarm 18-0
2. Crvena Zv. 14-4
3. Spartak 14-4
4. Partizan 13-4
5. Vojvodina 11-5
6. Proleter 10-9
7. Kraljevo 7-11
8. Kovin 6-13
9. Loznica 5-13
10. Usce 4-15
11. Radnicki NB 4-15
12. Stara Pazova 3-16


Market news -by Dragana Vukovic
ZKK Kraljevo signed Milica Cvetanovic (195-C-86) to help them to reach SuperLeague.
Stara Pazova added Snezana Mirkov (189-F/C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) as a replacement for Bojana Bogdanovic (183-F-82) who injured knee.They have big strugle to stay in the First Division.
Mirjana Velisavljevic (187-C-78) left ZKK Kovin and signed for Supermarkets Demos Keravnos Strovolou,Cyprus,to play play-of.The team will stay in the First Division for sure,so the managemant left her to go.
Crvena Zvezda Beograd broke contract with Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81).She is the fourth player in this season that coach Dragomir Bukvic fired,but they are still loosing the games and play very bad.They added Miriam Sy (193-C-79, college: Oklahoma City) in the roster,but she will have the right to play in SuperLeague.


Kovin upset Crvena zvezda,Partizan lost in Subotica -by Dragana Vukovic
We saw very good basketball in the last two games of the 18th round.
First,ZKK Kovin almost beat
Crvena Zvezda Beograd on the away.The girls from ZKK Kovin was very motivated and all of them left the heart on the court,but luck was on the Zvezda's side.ZKK Kovin led almost the whole game,but 38 seconds befor the and of game Tijana Zupancic (181-G-84) brought her team extra time with the 3 point shoot.In extra time Zvezda took the victory from the free throw line,Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) scored both free throws.In ZKK Kovin Marina Caran (165-G-84, college: Missouri So.) had 24 points,while Natasa Djordjevic (178-G-85) scored 23 points,Mina Jovanovic (176-F-89) had 12 points,while Dragana Vukovic (190-C-78) added 8 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.For Crvena Zvezda Beograd Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) scored 22 points,Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) 19 points and Nina Bogicevic added 20 points.
In the last game of this round Spartak Subotica beat ZKK Partizan Beograd what brought them the 2nd position.It was very interesting game in wich domestic team led all the time.ZKK Partizan Beograd caught them in the 4th quarter but they missed few easy shoots and Spartak Subotica took an very important victory.In ZKK Partizan Beograd Andrijana Vasovic (186-F/C-83) scored 17 points,Milena Krstajic (184-F-84)jic 10 points and Biljana Stjepanovic (189-C-87) added 9 points.For Spartak Subotica Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) had 16 points,Aleksandra Cabarkapa (186-F-86) scored 12 points,while Vladinka Erak (190-C-84) had 12 points and 13 rebounds.


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SLOVAKIA - Women

Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
1. Kosit 2013 23-0
2. MBK Ruz. 17-5
3. Nitra 13-9
4. Viktoria K. 11-11
5. UMB B.B. 11-11
6. Poprad 10-10
7. Roznava 10-11
8. Cassovia K. 9-14
9. Slovan 2-18
10. Myjava 2-18


Stats Leaders - Women
Extraliga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Gresnerova Cass 18.7
2. Oravkova UMB 18.6
3. Antalecova Roz 18.0
4. McCarville Kos 17.8
5. Perostiyska Vik 17.8
Rebounds Per Game
1. Perostiyska Vik 10.3
2. Antalecova Roz 10.1
3. Lalovic UMB 9.7
4. Sangare Pop 9.5
5. Podesvova, Ruz 8.7
Assists Per Game
1. L. Wilson Ruz 5.7
2. Jalcova KOSIT 5.7
3. Barenyiova Roz 4.2
4. Vackova Cass 3.9
5. Csavas MBK 3.6
2FGP
1. Benuskova Kos 50.0
2. McCarville Kos 49.1
3. Kupcíkova Ruz 45.3
3FGP
1. Michulkova KOS 53.7
2. Chlebovkova Nitra 49.2
3. Cikosova Kos 48.5
Free Throws
1. Malinkova CITY 90.0
2. Cikosova Kos 88.6
3. Michulkova KOS 87.9


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SWEDEN - Women

Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
Group 1
1. Solna Vikings 2-0
2. Telge Energi 2-0
3. 08 0-2
4. Lulea Basket 0-2
Group 2
1. Norrkoping 1-0
2. Marbo Basket 1-0
3. Visby 0-1
4. Jamtland 0-1


Solna Vikings and Telge are 2-0 in Play-offs -by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings and Telge won their second games of Group 1 in the play-offs. In both thrillers the favorites escaped the wins and now stay together on top.
Solna Vikings had a road win over 08 Stockholm HR 60:65 trailing 17:14 after the opening quarter. Solna Vikings exploded in the second quarter producing 9:26 and benefiting from the game. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) and Anna Hoglund paced the winners with 16 points each. Michaela Livijn followed them with 13, while Christy Bacon posted 12.Amber Petillon (193-C-82, college: Richmond) ended up with 21 points in the losing clause.
Telge had a battle over Lulea Basket stunning 61:59 advantage. The hosts opened the game with 20:15 after the first 10 minutes but then failed in the second with 10:16. In a back-to-back second half the favorites reached the second victory. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) and Frida Eldebrink supported her with 10 each. Leah Rush (185-F-84, college: Oklahoma) finished the game with 20 points for the guests.
In Group 2 where only one team advances to the semis Marbo Basket and Norrkopings Dolphins won the openers at home. Marbo Basket defeated Jamtland Basket 68:57 as Lindsey Hicks (185-F-81, college: Purdue) chipped in 21 points. Norrkopings Dolphins overcame Visby Ladies 73:58 with 19 points from Dominique Redding (185-F-85, agency: 540 Sports).


Group 1
08 Stockholm HR - Solna Vikings 60-65

08 Stockholm HR:Amber Petillon 21, Jocelyn Penn 13, Jennie Thingwall 12, Malin Gernandt 6, Anette Johansen 5, Jasmina Pacariz 2, Nina Bдrlin 1, Eliza Golumbiewska 0, Martina Stеlvandt 0, Danielle Hamilton Carter 0, Malin Edlund 0
Solna Vikings:Elisabeth Egnell 16, Anna Hцglund 16, Michaela Livijn 13, Christy Bacon 12, Jennifer Harris 3, Jurgita Kausaite 3, Katarina Andersson 2, Helena Klackenberg 0

Telge - Lulea Basket 61:59
Telge:Elin Eldebrink 16, Louice Halvarsson 10, Frida Eldebrink 10, Cleopatra Forsman 9, Shelley Hammonds 7, Josefin Olheim 4, Camilla Цsth 3, Erica Blomgren 2, Stefanie Yderstrцm 0
Luleе Basket:Leah Rush 20, Brittany Wilkins 12, Frida Johanna Aili 9, Eszter Csontos 7, Elin Sцderstrцm 5, Frida Grahn 4, Anna-Lisa Vestin 2, Annica Grafstrцm 0


Group 2
Marbo Basket - Jamtland Basket 68-57

Marbo Basket:Lindsey Hicks 21, Emma Nilsson 16, Johanna Kдllman 11, Johanna Ericsson 8, Maria Gustavsson 6, Ashley Key 4, Frida Winbo 2, Lisa Knutsson 0, Caroline Danielsson 0, Karin Inger 0
Jдmtland Basket:Melissa Traversi 21, Abby Schrader (191-C-84, college: Maine) 12, Stina Nilsson 9, Malin Aasa 8, Camilla Fagerberg 4, Sofie Andersson 3, Emma Skarle 0, Jenny Rudholm Pilwind 0

Norrkopings Dolphins - Visby Ladies 73-58
Norrkцpings Dolphins:Dominique Redding 19, Sofie Lundberg 13, Helen Thorold 12, Malin Belfrage 12, Ifeanyichukwa Nnamaka 10, Hayet Neffati 4, Petra Jacob 2, Tanya Massamba 1, Jenny Krьger 0, Sara Saks 0
Visby Ladies:Crystal Washington (190-F/C-82, college: Maryland) 19, Agnes Nordstrцm 11, Joanna Ausmann 10, Marie Sцderberg 9, Alyssa Wahl 5, Susanne Kernl 4, Olga Kjelsson 0


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SWITZERLAND - Women

LNSA Stats Leaders
LNA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Diouf, BRU 26.9
2. Smith, RIV 24.8
3. Maclot, MEY 23.5
4. Crisman, BBC 22.4
5. Covington, FRI 21.2
Rebounds Per Game
1. Kane, PUL 17.1
2. Smith, RIV 11.5
3. Crisman, BBC 11.1
4. Perry, MAR 11.1
5. Logan-Friend, RIV 10.8
Assists Per Game
1. Charlier, NEU 5.4
2. Diouf, BRU 3.9
3. Slaviero, NEU 3.8
4. Chevillat, MEY 3.2
5. Despinic, MAR 3.1
Steals Per Game
1. Crisman, BBC 4.6
2. Diouf, BRU 4.3
3. Chaix, MEY 4.3
Blocks Per Game
1. Kane, PUL 2.3
2. Logan, RIV 1.6
3. Charlier, NEU 1.3
2FGP
1. Covington, FRI 62.4
2. Charlier, NEU 62.4
3. Hicks, NEU 58.8
3FGP
1. Cochand, MAR 47.6
2. Crelot, NEU 45.9
3. Kellogg, BBC 43.2
Free Throws
1. Volpe, BBC 88.3
2. Maclot, MEY 86.6
3. Yanni, MEY 81.8
Ranking
1. Perry, MAR 27.0
2. Smith, RIV 26.8
3. Crisman, BBC 26.3


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TURKEY - Women

Stats Leaders - Women
TBBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Lovelace, Bes 19.8
2 Newlin, Botas 18.3
3 Norman Bur 17.1
4 Pondexter Fen 17.0
5 Brown Mer 15.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Newlin, Botas 11.6
2 Campbell, Ceyhan 9.9
3 Lovelace,Besiktas 9.6
4 Moore, TED 9.6
5 Sutton-Brown 8.9
Assists Per Game
1 Yigit Besik 6.6
2 Vardarli,Fener 5.5
3 Bristol,Burhaniye 5.2
4 Alben, Gal 4.6
5 Pondexter Fen 4.1
Steals Per Game
1 Bristol, Bur 2.8
2 Smith Cey 2.8
3 Givens Botas 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1 Payne Uni 3.6
2 Sutton-Brown 1.5
3 Newlin, Botas 1.3


Standings - TBBL
TBBL Standings
1. Fenerbahce 18-2
2. Galatasaray 15-4
3. Besiktas 15-5
4. Botas 13-7
5. TED Kayseri 13-7
6. Mersin 12-7
7. Ceyhan 10-9
8. Cankaya 6-13
9. Burhaniye bld. 6-13
10. Migros 6-14
11. IUSK 3-17
12. Edremit 0-19


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U.KINGDOM - Women

Standings - Women
EBL Standings


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U.S.VIRGIN ISL. - Women

Murrah girls reach championship game -by David Edole
Janice Okeke had 21 points and 10 rebounds Friday night, leading Murrah High School to a 63-56 victory over Southeast Lauderdale in the Girls Grand Slam at BancorpSouth Arena.
Tanecka Carey added 13 for Murrah (32-1), the Class 5A champion. Carey is averaging 13.7 points and 7.3 assists per game.

Lucy Ruffin and Brittany Roberts scored 17 points each to lead Southeast (36-2), the 3A champion.

Murrah advanced to Saturday's 1 p.m. championship game, where it will play the winner of the unbeatens, 35-0 1A champion Coldwater vs. 38-0 4A champion Indianola Gentry.


Murrah lose in double OT, -by David Edole
Brizannai Washington scored 36 points as Indianola Gentry defeated Murrah 80-75 in double overtime Saturday to win the girls Grand Slam Championship in Tupelo.

It was Gentry's second straight Grand Slam title and capped another 40-0 season. The Lady Rams' 80-game winning streak is two shy of the public school state record set by Agricola in the early 1950s.

Gentry is ranked No. 1 in The Clarion-Ledger Super 10 and No. 9 nationally by USA Today. Murrah is ranked No. 3 in The Super 10 and No. 5 nationally.

Washington scored 32 of her 36 points after halftime to lead Gentry, the Class 4A state champion.

LaSondra Barrett scored 28 points for Class 5A champ Murrah (32-2), which lost to Gentry in last year's Grand Slam final.